Some enlightenment  

looking19632008 55F
2491 posts
6/27/2006 11:14 am

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Some enlightenment

Most that know me, know that I'm a hospice nurse. I've been a nurse for almost 20 yrs, been at hospice now for almost 14 yrs. Many reactions that I get from people, is oh, how can you do that? This has got to be the most rewarding job I've ever had. Currently, I'm in the office as a manager- but was out in the field for over 9 yrs. We go to patients homes (thats what I did) or we treat them in the nursing homes. You enter a families' life at the point of crisis & most of the time you become one of them. Hospice has gotten a bad since the days of Kovorkian (SP?) who took it upon himself to assist patients with terminal illnesses, to end their life. Many times this was done with IV potassium- he would hook them up to an IV & enable them to inject themselves, thus sparing him the duty. Potassium causes heart irritablity, & stops the beat. With hospice, we allow patients to have quality time with their loved ones. Yes- there are narcotics involved- but we dont euthanize- again, we provide quality of life. I dont know how many of you beleive in the afterworld, but to listen to 0patients talk to loved ones that are already dead, or to see the light or an angel, makes my heart feel good. Usually the angels are little children, sitting around their bed. The gift a hospice nurse receives, is when they know the patient is comfortable & the family is comforted- the hugs we receive is reward enough! Have any of you had any hospice experience, with a friend or loved one? Tell me your stories.....

fortunaswm 63M/53F

6/27/2006 12:03 pm

As an EMT with the VFD for 15 years - I dealt with death more times than I counted - but, never on the hospice side.
It is a special nitch for special people, with a special talent - my hats have always been off to all hospice workers - I believe it to be a task of much greater difficulty than that of the emergency responder.
You make a HUGE difference.

bikerbabe57701 50F

6/27/2006 1:25 pm

Hey just visiting here....I'm an ER nurse. I have total respect for what you are saying about your job. We have a few deaths from time to time...we like to think of them as "bad outcomes". There's something special about giving a hug to a loved one that you can't put a price on. Knowing that there are actual medical people who give hugs and share tears renews my faith in what I do. I work with a few jaded bitches that refuse to cry. I think of it this way...sure it bothers me when we have a death in the department. Some of them I come home and have some down time and cry about it, others I don't get so emotional about. When my ability to feel that emotion's time to find another job.

amoldenough 71F
16436 posts
6/27/2006 4:41 pm

Thanks to all nurses, doctors, paremedics and others who help take care of our loved ones. You do a wonderful service for everyone. I salute you.

"Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened."

fortunaswm 63M/53F

7/1/2006 9:35 am

Good morning my lovely Looking - was thinking warm thoughts of you this morning and was wondering if you would CUM FOR ME
Go to Kaliedascope61 for rules.

I would be honored -
have a sensuous morning, fortuna

rm_anacortes 75M
2850 posts
5/14/2007 2:14 pm

Once you mention you are a nurse, the reaction is probably

I will await a reply before I respond in a "normal" statistically way... wink!!

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