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Med/surg to Inpatient hospice empath health job

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by BrendaH84 BrendaH84, BSN (Member)

BrendaH84 has 8 years experience as a BSN.

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I live in Florida right across the road from a hospice / empath health Building. I have walked in there to check it out , it is a beautiful inpatient place with private rooms for hospice patients. I know nothing about being a hospice nurse except on my med-surg floor I have certainly had plenty of hospice patients who are waiting to transfer home or to go into a hospice inpatient place. Mostly it's been pain medicine, wound care and keeping the family feeling as though I am caring as best I can for their loved one. I have worked med-surg for many years , and like most nursing jobs I feel overworked and underappreciated & i drive far LOL. I keep thinking I should apply to the hospice across the street from me at least I would be close to home. But I wonder what it would be like knowing that every patient i have is going to die? Is that very depressing?

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MSO4foru has 10 years experience as a ADN and specializes in Hospice Home Care and Inpatient.

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So.. here are my thoughts as RN who had done his pics for last 10 yrs- no this job is not depressing. It is in fact quite rewarding IF you can can come to terms that as a hospice nurse, yes, ALL of your patients are dying.  They will die regardless of your presence. If you are a really good nurse, who k bbn owns how to communicate we with your MD- this can be a very beautiful job.  If you are considering this line - Ask: expected case load/ expected visits per week-"what happe n.v s if caseload runs over/ what do I do if get attached to longer than expected term pt.. . I have done homecare ( hospice) in past - my workplace did not give me more than salary although probably vfc worked ( on average 10_ 30 hrs beyond)  what was being p as yes for.

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BrendaH84 has 8 years experience as a BSN.

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I am talking about an inpatient facility. I did apply and they called me back, I just left a voicemail that yes I'd still like an interview. But I do still worry about whether I would like it versus working in the hospital. 

 

 

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MSO4foru has 10 years experience as a ADN and specializes in Hospice Home Care and Inpatient.

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Everything is relative- in hospice your job is make sure these folks are comfortable. You are not trying to ' save them'. It's a very different mindset than acute care. You will be busy- between educating families and just day to day tasks. Somedays are hectic.  It can be a difficult trade off. Everyday you work, your pts will die. They were going to die. Your job is to make that as comfy and easy as it can be- if you take this job.   Hospice nursing is not easy. Just different.  

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BrendaH84 has 8 years experience as a BSN.

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 I had the interview today for one of the hospice care centers . They told me the software was really slow (i asked) She said it takes more than an hour to key in an admission.  It is salary , i might end up working an awful lot and never make overtime.  of course i would end up working overtime if I'm doing my own admissions.  They didn't let me talk to any nurses when I interviewed so I couldn't ask what they thought. I don't think I would like a home care visits. Those are 5 days a week minimum, and also salary . it sounds like rhis wouldnt be a good fit for me, which is unfortunate because I feel like Hospice Care is an important and rewarding job

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