From OB to Hospice?!

  1. OK, I know this may seem like a stretch, but it may not be...

    I've worked OB for the past 10 years and have enjoyed it, BUT I am starting to feel like I want to do something different. I am tiring of all the teenage, single moms on welfare (which seems to make up a large part of our census) who feel like they are entitled to EVERYTHING :angryfire for free, and who choose to not get a job but instead just keep reproducing like there's no tomorrow with as many different men as possible. Lots don't even keep custody of their babies because they're far too busy partying, etc. It gets sooo old ! There definitely are very positive aspects of working OB, too.

    I'm just starting to question whether I may be ready for a change, especially in a couple of years when my youngest will be in school full time. I currently work every weekend, which is great for now, but I'm thinking it would be nice to have some weekends off when the kids are all in school!
    In the meantime, I will just work my weekends for the next couple of years. I have an Associate's degree and have also considered getting some other education (possibly online?) while I'm still just working weekends. Does anyone have any suggestions as to the best type of training for hospice?

    I know hospice and OB seem like opposite ends of the spectrum, but I do have experience with stillbirths and fetal demise situations. Also, we do a TON of teaching in OB, which I imagine is true of hospice, also. There are also many family dynamics to deal with in OB, as is true with hospice. I'm not sure hospice would be for me, but especially after reading some of these boards, I think it could be... (BTW, I've also worked 3 yrs of Med Surg and 1 yr of Home Health as an aide, while going to nursing school)

    What are your thoughts?
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  3. by   river1951
    My thought is that birth and death are not that far apart. Your teaching skills are very important as well as your ability to listen or just be present. I would think oncology would be a great bridge.
  4. by   aimeee
    Actually I know quite a few people who were drawn to both areas, myself included. They are both transitional points in the circle of life. The three years of med surg is great background.
  5. by   mommy2boysaz
    Thank you for the encouraging replies!
    Not certain that this is a path I will take, but I definitely think I am going to consider it. If an oncology offering comes my way, I may think about that, too.
    I really love this site!