1. What drew you to this profession?
Having the opportunity to be able to make a difference.
2. How much education did you complete and where?
I have an Associate's Degree from Clovis Community College from Clovis, New Mexico. Graduated December2005
3. Please describe a typical day in your work week. what do you do on a daily basis?
I am a hospice nurse, currently working as the Patient Care Manager and the Interim Executive Director. I arrive at the office by 0700, Find out what happened over night. Check in admissions, deaths, and prepare for referrals for that day. I often meet with families and explain how hospice will benefit them and their families. I have various meetings with peers and receive phone calls from families, facilities and staff. I update the physicians on pts they have referred to us and support our nurses. By 1630, I update our on call nurse and our president on any pertinent information. I usually leave the office by 1800 and am available for administrative call.
4. What are your favorite aspects of your job?
I love that we make a difference. I love teaching staff and supporting the important work that they do. I love the autonomy, of working with people that I am so proud to know and the belief that we do make a difference.
5. What are your least favorite aspects of your job?
The complaints from people that you can't do anything about, the game playing some people are stuck in.
6. What frustrates you the most on the job?
Call ins and laziness
7. How many hours per week do you work? Do you control you schedule?
50+, am salaried, so it goes with the territory.
8. How stable is your job? Do you worry about losing your job?
My job is stable, and I do not worry about losing my job. Am contacted by headhunters, if I wanted to move on, I could do so, but I have no desire to.
9. How much stress do you experience from your work? When you are not at work, how often do you think or worry about aspects of you work?
10. what's your advice to someone thinking of entering this field?
I love hospice. It is an honor to be invited in to something so personal as dying. Advice-become comfortable in your own skin.