Quote from sharonlaz
I am 55, have taught Waldorf Kindergarten and been a movement therapist till now(also raised 3 children). I just completed a semester at UMass/Amherst toweards a second Bachelor's in Nursing but still have doubts about continuing. I encountered a lot of professional unhappiness. I am very interested in Hospice work but am still not sure if Nursing is the way to go deeper and so I consider social work, counselling, etc. I'd like to hear from Hospice Nurses about their work experience in terms of personal satisfaction. Thanks!
One of my fiance's aunts...or family friends, I'm not sure, works at a hospice, not as a nurse, but in PR or something. Anyway, she was trying to sell the job to me when we were all together for his brother's graduation. I don't know what it is really like to work there, but she said it's one on one nursing, and the nurse tends to be the one in charge. From what I've heard about nurses working in hospice care, if that's an area you like, and I'm assuming you're thinking of palliative care (correct me if I'm wrong), they find it very rewarding, albeit sad as well. That probably doesn't help at all, and it is true that there are a lot of people who are burned out in nursing and don't like their profession, but there are a lot of people everywhere dissatisfied with their jobs, and there are a lot of people who end up in nursing when it's not the place for them...I've found that there are also a lot of people in nursing who love their jobs even after 20 years, and if you like working with people and genuinely care about them and want to be in the profession, and are careful about where you work (as in, don't work on a floor where your patient ratio is like 8/1), then you probably won't burn out.