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duskyjewel

Specializes in hospice.

Maybe ask the first hospice if you can get in on a PRN basis?

Are there ever any LPN jobs in hospice?

duskyjewel

Specializes in hospice.

My hospice company employs tons of LPNs.

Don't get discouraged!! I was so desperate to find a Hospice Position that I spoke to all the Hospices that visited patients at my SNF. Before I knew it, they were seeking me out for an interview :) Have been in Hospice for 5 years now and love it more every day. RNCM can be taxing....but only due to the documenting. I am now On-Call (7 days on/7days off) and couldn't be happier!! Keep your eyes open and become friendly with every Hospice team member that visits your LTC/ALF. Good Luck and don't you dare given up :)

Yes. As an LPN I work on ac12 bed inpatient unit.

Thanks for the encouragement Erin, its good to know you're happy being on call, that part of the position worried me. I will keep my eyes and ears open. At least I AM emplyed and not doing without a job, there is alot to be grateful for. Crazy story~ I picked up an ink pen at work advertising a hospice organization, I called the number on it today and they said my experience is good there and they will be hiring an RN in about a month! So I put my aplication in online today. Turns out they are about 3 miles from my home.... :wishfulthinking:

lifelearningrn, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 6 years experience.

Don't give up! I'm a mostly new grad (graduated in December) and have only been working a few months in LTC (two different facilities). Like you, I HATE that the job consists mostly pushing a med cart. The other night, I had 19 patients, 2 with trachs and 4 with feeding tubes, I was running 12 hours straight. There is zero time to truly assess patients! I don't feel patients in LTC get the attention they deserve! Okay, I'm digressing...

I did hospice in my community clinical rotation and have known since then that is where I wanted to be so I've got hospice alerts being emailed to me from all the job websites. I apply to most of them (though they all seem to want experience) and a couple of weeks ago I got a response from one. Having just started at a new job in LTC, I almost blew them off, but after emailing back and forth went in for an interview. The next day I got a job offer!!! I'm going to be a case manager with a small organization and I'm more than exited (and a bit nervous!).

Congratulations on your job offer. How Exciting. Let us know how it is going, how much orientation will you receive ?

lifelearningrn, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 6 years experience.

They said I'll get as much as I need to feel comfortable on my own.. I was left with the impression it would be as much as I needed. I probably should have asked! lol If I'm being honest, I didn't think I had a chance and just kind of winged it... they were very nice, and have a pretty nice benefits package for a small, family owned outfit. I'll definitely keep y'all updated.

Nashvillejeanne

Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Nurse.

If you are working in home health and LTC...you are taking care of hospice patients. They are just not signed up. See if you can do a shadow or ride along for a day with a hospice. You may need a background check and you may need to sign a privacy agreement, but it will give you an idea of what a day looks like.

Peace