Often when I interview nurses wanting to work at our hospice inpatient unit, they tell me that they are looking for a “change”. We discuss their need for a fulfilling career that allows them to care for patients as people and ensure their patient’s final days are comfortable. Many of the applicants assume that hospice will be easier than their current job in the ER, ICU and/or Medical/Surgical units. It’s almost as if they are looking to move into a position where they can relax and retire. That’s when I paint the picture of what a day in the life is for our highly skilled and compassionate inpatient hospice nurses.
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