I just began my career in LTC and I love it. I feel strongly called to hospice nursing. I have my BA so getting my BSN will not take long. I seek best advice on how to rapidly move into this area. I was a pastor in past life and seek to integrate best of nursing skills with compassionate care. Thank you all for words of wisdom in advance. I have boundless energy and motivation. At age 49 there is no time to lose.
There is a certification that you can get in palliative care. It is through the HPNA.org
When I last looked it up it was around $900.00.
I would do as much research on the subject as you can, you would be shocked how much palliative care and hospice care education is lacking in our field.
It is a passion of mine, so the more you know the better dignified death you can provide your patients with comfort, compassion, and great care.
I just finished my research on palliative care so if you’d like to see it, just let me know privately 🙂
Most hospice agency’s require 2-3 years experience minimum. You nay want to call around and ask the different places what they are looking for. Are you a CNA or LPN now?
Well I suggest a few things first. Caring for our elders is the basis of all nursing in my opinion. I suggest you take some time to just be a nurse first. Geriatric nursing is parallel to pediatrics, these folks change on a dime and you need to develop your nursing instinct so you will be able to assess their issues. Take your time and learn loll you can, your career is just starting! Enjoy the ride and I’m glad you want to do what my life’s work has been! It’s rewarding in Mier ways than one!
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