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Our Hospice Nurses

It’s National Hospice & Palliative Care Awareness Month

Today we’re celebrating our Hospice Nurses!

 

A Harbor Hospice Nurse is a special kind of person.

We employ 44 Nurses, 43 Registered Nurses and 1 Licensed Practical Nurse!

It is more than just a job, it is a true passion and some would even say that it is a calling.

This doesn’t mean that the job doesn’t have challenges, even for those of you who feel that they are made to do it.

Being able to look after patients who are terminally ill gives hospice nurses the opportunity to really make a meaningful difference, which is really what nursing is all about.

The family and loved ones of the patient are dealing with the fact that someone they care for is dying, and it is the nurse’s role to make sure they do not have to worry about their loved ones levels of comfort.

The Hospice Nurse helps families put all their energy on the passing of the person they love and want to know that their loved one is being cared for properly during that time. 

The role of a hospice nurse is incredibly varied working as part of a team of experts in order to make sure every patient’s needs are met.

The nurse’s role is as much about education as what it is about caring, providing people with a greater understanding about what is happening to them or someone they love.

Hospice nurses are true advocates for each and every patient that comes under their care.

Hospice nurses deliver care in a wide variety of settings.  Home, Poppen, hospitals, assisted living, skilled nursing facilities to name a few. These circumstances can make the job unpredictable and requires a great deal of coordination as to make sure the patient has access to all that is required.

Hospice nurses must keep up with all the new trends, needs and demands in the field of medicine itself. Because medical care changes continuously, nurses have a lot to keep up on to stay current. It can be challenging to find the time to do this on top of carrying a caseload of patients.

Hospice nurses help patients who are dying, giving them end-of-life care. This means that nurses all face death on a regular basis. Because hospice nurses spend so much time caring for the patients before they die, they have a sense of attachment to them. As a result, the loss can be felt very strongly and this is certainly difficult to cope with. Even if you are somehow able to not build an attachment to the patients you are caring for, it is impossible not to be affected by the death that is all around you. This is why this is a field that you must be right for, one that you feel you have been chosen for.

We are so proud of our Harbor Hospice Nurses!!! Thank you!

 

Source adapted from https://nursejournal.org/hospice-nursing/what-are-the-pros-and-cons-of-hospice-nursing/

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