Hi everyone, I interviewed yesterday and was hired, for a hospice agency in town. They actually do supplemental staffing to the main hospice agencies in town (Vitas, Vista Care, etc). I am really unsure of what to expect. I will be working part-time on an availability basis because I currently have a full time job. I asked questions about the safety of working in the home, etc but I am still wondering about things. Especially after reading some of the postings.
For instance, my orientation was a walk-through of the handbook with the director highlighting important points and pages to read. Nothing else. I was asked for my availability and told them Saturday the 26th would my next available date.
The director told me I would be in contact with the primary hospice agency as well as my agency should any needs arise. Have any of you had experience with this type of situation? The goal of the company is to be sure care is always provided and a family is not left alone simply because there is not enough staff. That's where nurses like me come in. This will be my first foray into the whole hospice realm with the exception of hospice patients I cared for while working LTC. In the facility, I was the primary hospice nurse (as well as charge nurse) for the residents whose families did not have hospice nurses. CNA's would come in to bathe etc every morning but the nursing duty was primarily whoever was charge that day.
Whew...long story. For those of you who have experience with hospice (I believe this is a for-profit agency) what advice or thoughts can you offer me? Is this a good decision to make? Any ideas/advice/thoughts etc that you have would be accepted graciously and very much appreciated.