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Old 04-03-2013, 11:31 PM   #21
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Welcome to ER, Snow White! Hospice is a wonderful institution so you are indeed serving others in your new PT career as well!
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:40 AM   #22
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Congratulations. I semi-retired about 3 years ago and have happily worked 1 to 2 days a week ever since then. It has worked out really well for me and it is nice to know that I can quit when I want to...
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:38 AM   #23
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Congrats !!

Only (10) posts and you pulled the plug. Odd analogy for a hospice nurse

God Bless you for the wonderful work you do as Hospice. We had incredible nurses assisting us in my MIL & FIL passing. Just unbeleivable, gifted angels.

I hit 59, in Feb, but still gathering courage.
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:42 AM   #24
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Congratulations. My friend volunteered at a hospice and finds it very rewarding. And ended up taking care of another friend's husband in one of those small world stories.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:20 AM   #25
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Congratulations Snow! Thanks for becoming a hospice nurse. A great way to serve others.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:25 AM   #26
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Indeed.

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Old 04-04-2013, 06:48 AM   #27
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Congrats. Sounds like a nice way to ease into full retirement one day.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:52 AM   #28
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Congratulations! I am semi retired since August working 20 hours a week- I set my own schedule, work from home, Dom out of town and go into the office when need too.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:57 AM   #29
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It has been great and they have asked that I sign another contract for next school year. I'm loving it and for someone like me who was working 50-60 hrs per week for years- it is a great transition to some day FR. But I think I can do this for a long time- not because we need the money - just because I am enjoying it all.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:08 AM   #30
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:43 AM   #31
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Well done!

The nice thing about your situation is that you are 'keeping your hand in' (in a very constructive way, too), and so would probably be able to return to full-time nursing employment if you wished or if future circumstances demanded. That option likely provides a psychological bulwark against any lingering uncertainty.

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David...definitely consider volunteering for hospice when you can. It is hard to explain but most hospice workers don't consider the work to be depressing at all. It is SUCH a privilege to be of service to folks at the end of their lives and to support their families. It helps that what you have to give is so needed and appreciated. My mantra was always that while I couldn't walk the path for someone, I could walk along side of them and help keep the path as clear and safe as possible.
+10,000.

If your experience is any any way typical, you will also find that hospice volunteers and employees are friendly, positive, motivated people with whom you will enjoy spending time.

Book recommendation: Dorothy Ley, The Heart of Hospice (2008).
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:10 AM   #32
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Congrats, Snow!!!!

And God bless for your hospice service. A dear relative (& my family) had the benefit of an incredible hospice RN as he passed a few yrs back. It was a comfort we could never hope to repay.
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:24 PM   #33
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Snow White, thanks for the reply. Everybody who has worked for hospice that I have talked to say the same thing.
Hospice is my favorite choice for charitable giving, amazing care provided to dear late mum.
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:26 PM   #34
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I gave notice at work today! The 26th of April will be my last day and I feel so relieved to have finally made the decision to go. I hedged my bets though as counseled to do in another post and I am going to work part-time 2 days a week as a hospice RN. It is the best of all worlds to me as I walk away from the odious managerial tasks of my current job and return to a doing a type of direct care that I love and just very part time at that.

I turned 59 last month so this isn't the earliest retirement in the world but it is early for me. DH tells me I have a bag lady and a foster child syndrome and it is hard for me to believe that I have "enough" money and love to be safe so I been saying for awhile, just one more year. Thanks to everyone for sharing your stories on this forum as I have been lurking for a long time and gaining strength to act. One more dance and now I am off to gloat over my upcoming freedom!
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:40 PM   #35
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Hey! You stole my retirement date ! Lol

Congratulations...
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I am touched by all of the good thoughts and well wishes! Thanks so much! An interesting thing is that all kinds of crap have happened at work since I gave notice (unrelated) and I just smile and deal calmly with it all because I am almost OUT OF THERE! I can't believe how comfortable I am with my decision given how conflicted I was. Happy times are indeed here....
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Congratulations! You are an inspiration for those that need to find that CHUTZPA!
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:25 PM   #38
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I am touched by all of the good thoughts and well wishes! Thanks so much! An interesting thing is that all kinds of crap have happened at work since I gave notice (unrelated) and I just smile and deal calmly with it all because I am almost OUT OF THERE! I can't believe how comfortable I am with my decision given how conflicted I was. Happy times are indeed here....
Love it! Congratulations and don't forget to ENJOY. It can take a few years (or in my case no time at all) to get used to having no real routine so don't be surprised if that happens. I love that you are calm at work like that.

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Old 04-07-2013, 05:33 PM   #39
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I am SO happy for you ! I love that you are getting out of the dreadful management and politics and that you are going back to your true love part-time to ease into full ER. Thank you for picking hospice as a calling. This is a wonderful win-win story that I will remember for a long time.
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Hurray for you!

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