Thursday, September 16, 2004
Advanced Practice Hospice Nursing
I have started back to school this fall. I've decided to get my Master's in Nursing. There are very few Master's programs in Palliative Care nursing. I suspect there will be many more as nursing schools and medical schools are enlightened as to the significance and the level of knowledge it requires to give quality end of life care. In the meantime, I will have to make do with getting my CNS in Oncology. I was a little less excited than I would like to have been when I went to Orientation today. In my class of ten, I am the only one who is primarily interested in end of life, though there are a few with minor interests in the subject. We have the option of doing some clinical hours this first quarter or waiting and starting them next quarter. Since I will be bombarded with oncology info, I decided to go ahead and start my clinicals. I'm hoping to set up a preceptorship with a woman I've heard runs a five star palliative care program at a nearby hospital. Wish me luck!