would appreciate advice

  1. Hi! I'm new to this site and would appreciate any advice you all might want to give. Background: Diploma RN from a 3yr Catholic nursing school in N.Y. in '77. Worked for short time on Med-Surg and Psych before spending about a year ('78-'79) as charge nurse (nights) on a step-down CCU floor. They gave me either an Aid OR Lpn (not both) to help with 24 pts. Never sat down all night! Stopped to have kids, home schooled and have moved to 4 diff states since that time. Have re-activated my N.Y. license. Since my father passed away of mesothelioma in a hospice I have always thought "if I ever go back into nursing I'd like to work in hospice". Besides getting license endorsement I was thinking I would first volunteer at the local hospice and then ask to shadow a nurse. Any other suggestions or recommendations? Thank you!!
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  3. by   RADONC-RN
    I work in Oncology myself. It is a very rewarding job. I would try your local hospital's Outpt chemo dept(or volunteer dept) to start with to see if they need any volunteers to sit and talk with the pts. This is a great way to see if you would like spending time with these special people or not. From there, I would ask the manager about talking with Hospice. Good luck on your venture:angel2:
  4. by   AnnieOaklyRN
    I am just curious.. Is Irish Pooh green, and does it happen when you drink the green beer on st. Patys day?

  5. by   scruffydog
    Thank you two for responding so quickly ! I am also in the process of reading through Symptom Control In Hospice and Palliative Care by Peter Kaye. That's funny about the "green beer". My dad used to drink that on St. Patty's Day and we kids had green food coloring in our milk.
  6. by   BeExcellent
    Most 'good" hospice nurses I know are on the mature side of life. I don't think you have to have been a nurse a long time but having life experience helps. Admittedly, hospice is about symptom control to allow calmness and comfort but it is also about helping those who are left behind to go on with life. Having an experienced hospice nurse to mentor you will help. Interestingly, many hospice nurses go into this having had an experience with a family member or friend. Treat your pts and families just like you would want to be treated and you will be fine. O and have fun!
  7. by   scruffydog
    Thank you so much "beExcellent" for your encouraging words! I struggle with doubts due to my age and time away from nursing but I think of how amazing it was for my father to have his hospice nurse feed him some coffee ice-cream (his favorite) just before he passed because she believed "they go better with a little something on their stomach". I always thought I'd like to repay that kindness by being there for others during their greatest time of need. I know I will do my best to treat any patient like they were my father, mother, brother, etc. The "golden rule" is a defining factor in my life, too.
  8. by   energizer
    I think you will have alot to offer as a hospice nurse. I know many nurses that took alot of time off. They all did great upon returing to the work force. Kind of like riding a bike after putting in down for ten years. Go for it, your experiences and desire to help other people will make you a great hospice nurse.
  9. by   scruffydog
    Thank you, Energizer! I was so afraid in posting my situation that I'd hear "are you crazy?" responses. I cannot express how much it means to me to receive the words of encouragement to "press on", and that I shall . Been praying the Lord would close the doors if this isn't the direction I should be going in at this point in life but so far all the doors have been opening and I have a peace about it. "How delightful is a timely word." Proverbs 15:23 Thanks again!!!