As a hospice nurse the one thing that brings me the most job satisfaction is going home at the end of the day knowing I did a good job; I met my patients and their family's needs with compassion, understanding in a calm and un-hurried manner. I have worked very busy days where I felt rushed. At the end of days like this felt I had cheated my patients and their families out of what they need most: my understanding, nursing expertise and empathetic presence.
I feel strongly that nursing is not a profession where productivity should be a primary focus. If I am given a taxing work load, a work day unlikely of being completed in eight hours, I feel I am forced to choose between giving excellent care to my patients and managing my home life and the needs of...
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