One of the things that many of our hospice nurses hear from friends and family is, “I can’t imagine working in hospice, it must be so depressing.” While it is true that hospice nurses work with people who are facing death, does that mean you can’t remain positive? Absolutely not! Today, the Phoenix Home Care team will discuss how our incredible home care team remain positive while working in hospice care.
Understand That Nurses Work With People Who Suffer
As a nurse in any field, the reality is you will likely work with people who are suffering in one form or another. Hospice care is no different. The purpose of hospice is to provide support and comfort for those who are facing terminal diagnosis. While some patients recover, the majority will eventually meet their end under our care.
Yes, experiencing death can be difficult. But it is also an honor to help people experience the respect and comfort they deserve as they come to the end of their journey. Great hospice nurses remain compassionate and helpful to their patients and their loved ones during this process, despite the emotions that may arise within themselves. Hospice nurses learn how to maintain the proper balance of emotional support and logical, excellent care for their patients.
How to Remain Positive as a Hospice Nurse
One of the challenges of working in hospice is helping patients and their loved ones deal with emotional and spiritual pain while maintaining their mental well-being. With the right mindset and a few practices, you can remain positive and continue to provide excellent nursing care for your hospice patients.
- Remember that you are helping your patients and their families to find peace of mind and comfort in a difficult time. We genuinely believe this is a reward for our work. Knowing the good we are doing is an honor and something we take pride in.
- Surround yourself with positive, uplifting people. One of the traits we focus on when finding new members of the Phoenix Home Care family is positivity. Humans have the incredible ability to offer love, support, and positivity to help each other in our times of need.
- Manage and cultivate your own mental and emotional well-being. While we are always serving our patients, it is essential to remember to give yourself some TLC. If we aren’t in a good place, how can we expect to provide incredible service to those we care for?
- Attend religious services and meet with your faith leaders. Your spiritual health is something that can’t be ignored. If you find yourself troubled, share your feelings with your religious leaders to seek guidance and support.
- Take care of your physical health. If you feel good, your mind will follow. Take time to care for your body. Sometimes a nice sweat is all we need to recover and find emotional balance.
Contact Phoenix Home Care Today
Despite any difficulties hospice nurses face, we truly believe our job is as rewarding and inspiring as any out there. If you think you would be a fit for the Phoenix Home Care family, we would love to hear from you. Contact our team today to learn more about joining our team.