Which Hospice companies are Good to work for?
Maybe it’s already been mentioned but it might be good to look at nonprofit hospice companies. They tend to be less focused on money and have more services for the patient/family.
That’s not always the case, though. Where I live, the not for profit hospice is more concerned with their public image than pt. care. I work for a for profit hospice and our administration is very concerned with pt. care. heartbeat
I don’t know that I totally agree with the profit vs non-profit and that is why I did not mention it in my last post. For-profit companies will tell you that the only difference between them and NFP companies is that the NFP companies do not have to pay taxes into the community. We have 7 competing hospices in the area that I am no more impressed by the NFP agencies than the FP’s. There is an older, national NFP here in the area and I interviewed with them at one time–wages were 80% of the market average here in the area and the benefits were horrible(the excuse was they were a NFP and couldn’t afford to pay anymore)–this company is also known for working their nursing staff into the ground (they are leaving in droves right now) and not accepting the expensive patients . They also have an inpatient unit that several in the community feel is misused to substitute for continuous care and our company has taken several of their patients that have wanted to stay at home for end of life care as they were informed that their patients are typically transferred to their inpatient center to die). As I have said, there are good and bad FP ‘s and NFP’s. If I would suggest anything to look at, it would be wheter a company is locally owned or nationally owned. Nationally owned companies are paying an entire staff at the top of the chain and the money has to come form somewhere (sometimes shows up in higher nursing caseloads or poor patient suppiles). Not that all of them are bad–some locally owned companies are started by people with intentions other than patient care. The important thing is to ask the right questions and take your time selecting the right company. I would continue to insist that your best resources are speaking with current and previous employees of the company you are considering working for. I say this because once you are trained and in a position, it becomes harder to leave if you find out the company misrepresented itself as most of this that are in this profession struggle with knowing that when we leave, there will be even less people to care for the patients.
I work for a nonprofit, part of a larger religious nonprofit. The downside is that being under senior services-which is traditionally low paid, I think we are way underpaid. Hospice should be advanced home health and pay for the years of general nursing experience you come with.
But the plus is that the focus is on compassionate care, for the most part. We would not turn down a patient with financial needs, we have resources to help those in dire need of basic comforts. Our nurses are not pushed to meet financial goals. Now, they are overworked because we are too short staffed, too short staffed because we are not paid well enough to attract the experience we need, but there are measures being taken to address those things. At least I feel that there is interest in improving our org and fundamentally many good people. We are currently changing leadership and I am hoping that they hire an outsider with strong leadership skills to both corral some of the internal management issues and better advocate for us.
Also, our org has huge hiring bonuses that can always be shared, so if looking in the NW, contact me!:wink2:
Yes Yes Yes. People, there is a nursing shortage! Good help is hard to find. Believe me when I tell you that life is too short to be working in a position or job that you don’t enjoy. If you are true of heart and want to consider hospice nursing a profession, take the time to investigate the company and the position–don’t be afraid to ask questions–you have the right to get up every day to go into a postion that is rewarding (not that some days won’t be difficult) and just as much right to be able to balance home and work and to go to bed at the end of the day with a clear conscience.
I will be graduating as an RN in May 2010. I have thought of being in Hospice for years. I am training as a hospice volunteer right now.
I will be 50 when I graduate.
Florida is looking real good with the price of home heating fuel in New England. Does anyone have information on Tidewell Hospice and Palliative care in the Sarasota area? Anywhere in Florida would be interesting. not knowing much about the state except that it is warmer than here!
Is it possible for a new RN to get into hospice without hospital training? Would oncology by a suitable specialty to start with? I think I would enjoy home care eventually. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!