I am a newby hospice nurse (just one month) and I have never felt so content with a job before :heartbeat . The best part is the other people I work with are the kind of nurses I have been longing to work with (I knew they were out there somewhere!). Of course I have more in common with some moreso than others (just like everywhere) but I am really happy. My problem is in the past month, as I have told friends, family and acquaintences (both old and new) that I am a hospice nurse I have gotten one of the following responses:
A) the "special person" speech: "oh, it takes a special person to do that" ...and then they shut down or look away. conversation over.
B) the "isn't that depressing" speech: after I explain that "no" helping a patient to remain comfortable and empowering the family to give loving care is the furthest thing from depressing I get (you guessed it) the identical shut down or look away. conversation over.
C) the "what made you want to do that"
response. Then, before I can explain...I get MYGLO from them and (yup) the conversation is over.
D) other responses range from "wow, that must really be intense" to "I have always heard wonderful things about hospice". However, these are still followed by MYGLO, look away, conversation over.
I am begining to think that it's a good thing I like hospice nurses so much...it is the only pool I have to draw from for new friendships! :roll
Also, my current longtime friends (many of them nurses) and my family really don't ask me about my day anymore. :chuckle
I didn't mean
to become the poster child for mortality when I took this job. But it seems like I am certainly being treated like it. I find the whole thing mildly amusing...but it has already cost me a date!
Please tell me I am not the only one to get this sort of reception (I changed deodorant brands at about the same time as I took the job so I am hoping that's the real