I really have a respect for you guys and gals

  1. i deflinantly have respect for hospice nurses! i don't know if i could fo your job

    i work in a long term care facility, and i am the kind of person who has to get attatched inorder to care about some one, so i get attatched very easily.

    i have only been at this job for 2 months, and it seems like since i have been there, all the residents are dying, and when one of my patients die on my shift i am like the most emotional person there.

    i mean i kno they are suffering and everything, but it is still hard. everyone says that i will deveop a "hard shell, but if i do that i am afaid that i'll become bitter in my job and i dont want to do that! so tell me, how do you deal with that:confused: and how do you stay nice and kind in your work? (by the way, please dont say the nursing field is not for me, because i know it is) i was just wondering.
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  3. by   renerian
    I have done hospice volunteer work for 11 years and I love it. It is hard but there is something so rewarding about helping someone be comfortable and die with their dignity. I worked on an oncology/bmt unit for 6.5 years and saw many people die. I always always felt it was rewarding and my calling.....

  4. by   renerian
    I have never felt bitter...............if you have a good heart and really care for your clients you will be fine......

  5. by   aimeee
    Mandi, you don't really have to develop a hard shell, but at times you do need to be able to detach yourself a bit while you do what has to be done, and then later you allow your emotions free rein. It is sad to watch your residents go downhill, but when it comes down to the end and you make sure they have the best care possible and that their exit from this world was as comfortable as it could be, then all is well in your heart, even though it hurts to say goodbye.