It is more critical than any time before for agencies to hire, train and retained qualified hospice nurses. This has never been as challenging as it is today. Today's hospice is seeing more medically complex patients. This requires nurses to stay current with critical assessment skills. Increasing and changing regulations make documentation more important than ever before to ensure payment and long-term viability for agencies while the change to electronic medical records present a new challenge for some seasoned hospice nurses. Growth of the agency is critical to success yet the increasing number of hospice providers and mandatory reporting of quality measures makes this more challenging.
As a hospice leader, I have asked, "how can this possibly be accomplished?" The answer is surprisingly simple and based upon two philosophies. Hire, teach and treat your employees well. And make sure each patient and family
Mentoring new hospice nurses, I explain the paradigm shift from acute care into the specialty field of hospice nursing. Within
Hospice nurses provide holistic care for patients and their loved ones facing life-limiting illnesses. I have been asked countless times over the years, "How can you do this work?" I have always felt the families and patients I have cared for have taught me and brought meaning to my life and given so much more than I could ever give in return. I have heard life stories and lessons, have laughed and cried. I now answer that question with a question, "How could I NOT?"
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