Quote from Larry in Florida
Am interested in hospice work. Can any of you tell me the best way to proceed. Right now a corrections Rn.
I don't think there is a hard set rule about how to get into many of the specialties.... There are no internships in hospice that I know of, although since most palliative care seems to be done in hospitals (that is, palliative care not provided to hospice patients), you might see if there is an internship in palliative care at a hospital near you.
Clientele in corrections is much different, and a nurse's attitude, perspective and practice will be different in hospice as well.
You may not like it--see if you can volunteer at a hospice or shadow a hospice nurse. If you were nearby here, I'd gladly include you in my little gig....
Otherwise, watch for openings in local hospices, or submit your resume to several around you. In the last hospice I worked at, their criteria for hiring was a clean criminal background check, a valid license and a pulse. Talk about your insults.... But it was a starting off point for me and I quickly saw through the cr*p to what hospice was really about. I got out of there and we're starting a new one. But I digress....