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Is it wrong that I love this specialty so much?

Hospice   (1,145 Views 5 Comments)
by ShayRN ShayRN (Member) Member

ShayRN has 18 years experience and specializes in Corrections, Cardiac, Hospice.

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I have been a hospice nurse for almost a year now. We opened our inpatient facility in September, but I started orientation last July. I gotta tell ya, I LOVE MY JOB. It is scary. I adore the nurses that I work with, the aides that they have on my shift are awesome and the staffing levels are excellent. I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop, lol. People ask me if it bothers me when my patients die and it really doesn't. It sounds horrible, but I just know that they would have died anyway I just make it more comfortable for them and more bearable for their family. So, am I sick?:lol2: I was just thinking back on my post from last year when I applied for this job and I was so scared that I was going to hate it, LOL. Now, the thought of going back to the hospital scares the crap out of me Just wanted to share:monkeydance:

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dolphn545 specializes in Peds HH, LTC.

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Shay - it takes a special type of person to be able to handle hospice. My grandfather had hospice in his final days. i'm not sure it's something I would be able to handle or not, but I certainly appreciate the nurses that came to the house to assist.

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AtlantaRN has 13 years experience as a RN and specializes in Med Surg, Hospice, Home Health.

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no, you are not sick. It is rewarding to help a patient through to the end. It is rewarding to help a family keep their loved one at home.

I love my patients and families, i'm just having trouble with the business end of it right now.

linda

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Hospice Nurse LPN has 15 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in LTC, Psych, Hospice.

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Shay, If you're wrong, then I'm right there with you! I've been doing hospice for 8 years now and I couldn't imagine doing anything else. I'm so happy you found your callling.

Sharon

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