Career choice

Arethia Cowden
By Arethia Cowden Latest Reply 2011-09-20 18:43:13 -0500
Started 2011-09-14 13:21:59 -0500

Does your career choice fit your personality? I am in nursing school to become an RN. The field of nursing that I have my heart sat on is Hospice. I want to be there for my patients and let them know how much I care for them. I want them to feel like even though they are in their last days I want them to not think about dieing but enjoy their time they have left. I love to make people feel good and my spirit is a giving one. I try to make my friends and love ones feel special all the time. Its just so natural for me to give hugs and warm thoughts. So I think my career choice fits me. I also adore cooking so thats why I am also a caterer. I love food so I guess we can have many careers if we enjoy many things. Dont limit yourself feel free to try and never stop learning. You may not go back to college but learn life by listening to someone older that you admire and trust to teach you something important. ENJOY!!!

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Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-09-20 18:43:13 -0500 Report

Last night I got to make some of my terminal patients laugh as we did the little necessities of living, i.e. bathroom trips. That is why I like my job. My personality is to find what is enjoyable moments when life might not be working out too well.

dIDYMUS 2011-09-19 21:50:30 -0500 Report

Terrific! My Mom is 101 tomorrow. After her last birthday, her best friend of 70 years decided not to have any more transfusions. She was also a type 1 diabetic.It took her about 5 to 7 days to pass. Hospice was there the whole time. I so respect your choice. I personally could not do it. I went to see her and talk to her, she was in the same nursing home as my mother. It however, was so difficult for me. I am not used to that. Now her first year death date is right around the corner. So anyone who can do this important job has all my respect in the world. God Bless You

Jan8 2011-09-15 08:13:59 -0500 Report

I know your personality fits that of an RN. I am one also. One thing, when you are in the nursing field do not let hospital politics stand in your way. Always remember why you became a nurse in the first place. Hospice nursin is in need of people just like you.

jayabee52 2011-09-14 20:39:12 -0500 Report

Howdy Arethia
I am physically disabled, but before that I was a Certified Nurse Aide in a Home Health agency and I really enjoyed that work. I also worked weekends as a CNA for an agency which sent me to hospitals and nursing homes and hospices. I enjoyed that too. Just before my disability I was strongly considering studying for a RN degree.

I agree with Jim about the hospice. When my MIL got non-Hodgkins lymphoma she was put on home hospice. Since I had been a CNA I helped my blind fiancee to care for her mother at home. The Nurses were fantastic. Can't say enough good things about them.

Praying God's richest blessings on you and yours


Carol2x 2011-09-14 16:40:09 -0500 Report

I work in the Nursing field on our Telemetry floor here at a main hospital.
always has it's ups and downs, but, helping patients get better is always the plus of the jobs here. Plus, being a diabetic I can talk to the patients who are diabetic letting them know that I, too, am a diabetic. It seems to put them more at ease.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-09-14 14:05:53 -0500 Report

I have nothing but good to say about the nursing staff in Hospice. Had dealings with them in Philly, NJ, MD, VA, & WV. All were treasures. The nurses helped to usher my Dad to the next world, wherever & whatever it is. He died content. I wish you the best.
Now, to answer your question, I think my job fits me well. I went to college for 5 years and majored in Sociology & Theology, with minors in Psychology & Criminology. Mom & Dad wanted me to have a college education, so I got it. I am now doing what I love, maintenance work!

MEGriff1950 2011-09-14 13:36:57 -0500 Report

Hospice care is tough but it is not always an ending. For my son it was needed when he was recovering from a very serious illness 20 or so years ago. I know a young man that works in this field he is able to let go when it is time. I hope that you can learn that. For many elderly and ill it is not thoughts of dying but thoughts of going home to be with their higher power.
I wish you well. You did not state your level of education at the present. If you are a graduate student I realize that you do not even have time to breathe. If you have time you might consider volunteering at your local convulesant center. They can use all they help they can get and the experience could be of value to you.
God bless you in your decision,

Arethia Cowden
Arethia Cowden 2011-09-14 13:47:57 -0500 Report

Thanks MEGriff1950 for your comment. I do volunteer and I am entering in the LPN program and looking forward to the RN program.