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  1. Hi! I am hoping someone on here can tell me a little bit about SSH in Weymouth. I am interviewing there this month. I was hoping to get info on the culture, pay, differentials, EMR etc. I appreciate any info any one may have! Thanks!
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    Regis College Fall 2018

    FYI the title of this forum is "Regis College Fall 2018" so I came here looking and I am not a BS/MS student. I think others will probably look here as well as the title does not say it is strictly BS/MS direct entry...just saying...
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    Thinking of leaving hospice

    You should find a better company, those hours would burn out a lot of people, I wouldn't do it. Find a job with no call to minimal call and go there! You will find your sanity is saved!
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    hourly pay?

    When I was located in MA I made $35/hr in hospice but did not start that high. I am currently in NC and the pay is much less. I have been quoted $24-30/hr with my degree, certification and experience...so it really depends on where you will work.
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    Young hospice/palliative nurse?

    Maybe other nurses go to hospice at the end of their career b/c they just found it? I have been a nurse for 5+ years and have done hospice most of that time and love it. All you need is the desire to do and a good company to work for. You should NOT feel that you are too young to do hospice nursing, that is untrue! I did nursing as a second calling and am much older than you but still younger as a nurse in my career and I am thankful I found this calling because you get to spend real quality time with patients as compared to acute care and even certified home care. I think if you like it, stick with it. In time you will feel more confident and I am sure you are doing very well with the knowledge you have. Be kind, caring and follow protocol and you will do just fine!
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    Hospice vs. home health

    I personally like hospice better because I am very passionate about providing care to patients at the end of life. The documentation is different based on reimbursement. I have done both and I am not a fan of certified home health, it is easier in my opinion but I don't have a passion for it. What you really need to decide before looking to switch is do you want to provide care to patients who's goal is not aligned with curative care? Are you able to support patients and families in dying? Yes the families can be tough but so can certified patients families. Altogether I think hospice is a very difficult nursing role and those who do it and thrive find it is a calling.
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    New Hospice Nurse Here, Just Wondering....

    In my opinion what seperates great hospice nurses from adequate (and sometimes not even that) are empathy, boundaries, self-care and desire to work with patients and families (families-as defined by the patient are part of the care in hospice) who are facing a life limiting illness knowing you will not be "fixing" them. Empathy is key, it seems obvious to say this but I have worked with many nurses who lack this or lost it and it is needed for this very difficult type of nursing care. Boundaries are important b/c families become attached, sometimes dependant and you need to learn to manage that. Self-care is one of the most important items for any nurse and especially a hospice nurse. You need to process the situations you see, the loss you experience. Again most of this sounds obvious but you'd be surprised...good luck and welcome to an amazing profession!
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    Any ASN nurses working in hospitals?

    Hi Kreed91, you can find a much more affordable RN to BSN program. I am in one in a traditional university and I only needed 5 courses (I have 2 associates) and it costs about $350/credit. There are also options like WGU that are based on time not credits. Good luck!
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    Is it better to get an ADN or BSN?

    "For Magnet recognition, ANCC doesn't specifically mandate a BSN for direct care nurses. However, in a typical Magnet facility, 48.4% of direct care nurses hold a BSN" While not required BSN is preferred for direct care nurses in many hospitals, not only magnet. I have my RN/ASN and I am finishing my BSN now. The BSN courses I needed to bridge from RN to BSN were mainly leadership courses. I feel that leadership is hugely important in direct care and I have gained a lot of knowledge in the program I am in. Just my 2 cents.
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    Funniest thing you've heard in an interview

    No idea what AIDET is, I read it really fast and did a double take because I saw A DIET and that was funny with the answer I don't have time, lol! Now I may have to google it!
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    Staffing ratios

    Honestly, I don't have time to with 4 kids, working full time and school I am lucky I get on the internet for anything "fun" and I certainly opt to spend it not arguing with people over politics, waste of time IMHO! For those who think petitions do nothing, a great example (maybe not from the website that you are discussing as this is state level) is Compassion and Choices advocacy for death with dignity in California-largely due to public awareness and education, petitions-regular people getting their words heard. You don't like petitions, simply don't do them. Safe staffing saves lives folks and I applaud everyone that has done even the smallest bit of advoating for it! Have a lovely day all!
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    Staffing ratios

    Petitions help do that, they are FAR from meaningless.
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    New hire RN accused of being "mean."

    First lets address meds-how hard is it? Depends on the med and the way they are administered. IV's take time, CAD take time, if you don't use a scanner there are extra checks to be complete, is that medication compatible with the fluids running? How many PRN's are you giving? Medication errors are one of the largest nursing hazards in the field and I don't care if you have been a nurse for a day, a year or 50 years I would expect you take your time on those meds and the patients getting them-are their vitals stable, is their pressure high enough? Etc. etc. Second it is considered demeaning to talk down to patients by calling them "honey" "sweet" "sugar" etc. dementia or no. It is Mr. So and So Mrs. So and So Ms So and So etc. Unless otherwise asked by the patient to call them something else I use their formal name, especially with elderly patients as they can take offense at the familiarity with someone they don't know. I think the OP needs to take a look at how she is coming off, but didn't get the feel that she is delegating anything inappropriate. I am on a med surg floor as well and I am lucky if I have ONE aide on my floor. We as nurses do most of the self care, toileting, changing briefs, changing linens etc. if we do happen to have an aide then we are doing it together and saying please and thank you each time. Just my 2 cents
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    Any ASN nurses working in hospitals?

    Congratulations! I didn't have any hospital experience and I know the fact that I only have 2 more classes before I get my BSN helped. I hope you love it! So far so good for me
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    Starting med-surg first hospital job!

    Hi, congratulations to you too and thank you :)