Hello all hospice nurses,
i graduated from Rutgers University, NJ in May of 2000. immediately after, i entered a 10-month Home HEalth Internship program for new grad nurses. I really loved what i was doing but the paperwork at the VNA was horrific and the nursing shortage had really affected the agency. i was there for only 14 months. i got offered the position of wound care nurse coordinator at a dme company and was layed off this past friday, 2/8/02. i was kind of happy of the lay off because i felt that i wasn't fulfilling my calling, i wasn't even considered primary nursing and the management weren't even nurses at the dme company!
I was lucky that i was warned of the lay off so i had already started looking, and have had 2 interviews already. one included a hospice agency, where it went well.
Anyway, i have always had an interest for hospice nursing. I remember caring for a terminally-ill patient during my clinicals in school. I remember the patient dying alone, without anyone to grieve for him. I really felt badly for this patient and really wanted to pursue it after that. I was quickly discouraged by non nurses "you're only 22, you can't handle that!"
now that i'm looking for career alternatives again, hospice keeps popping up. my only concern, and i don't know if it matters, is that i have never experienced a death (so far, knock on wood) of a close relative. i don't know if i would be a good candidate for hospice because of that fact. otherwise, i am a very compassionate nurse that feels as though i came into this profession wanting to make a difference in patients' lives, and wanting a rewarding job.
from what i've been noticing from reading these posts, is that there are a lot of special nurses in the hospice field providing special care.
i really want to be part of that team, but also be realistic in my career choice. I really want a rewarding job that won't consume me c stress and paperwork. my family life/time is crucial to me. i know working in the home care field is very flexible, but the paperwork drained me and really burned me out.
will hospice nursing consume me? Is there a high turnover rate within agencies? will i be able to have a social life plus love what i do at work? the answer to these questions were negative at the VNA, and i'm hoping it will not be like that in hospice.
please help justify my interest in hospice