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What is work like as a hospice Nurse Practitioner?

What does working as a Nurse Practitioner within a hospice care team look like day-to-day? #FALL22

Thank you comment icon Some other common duties of a hospice NP include: -Advocate for patients and their families to ensure they receive the best possible care -Administer and interpret diagnostic tests -Create, manage, and update patient care plans, as needed -Dispense medications and other treatments to patients in hospice care facilities ARIYO FUNMILOLA RN,RM, REGISTERED NEPHROLOGY NURSE, BLS

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Bhavna’s Answer

Working as a Hospice Nurse Practitioner (NP) can be incredibly rewarding as you provide comfort and support to patients and their families during a difficult time. On a daily basis, you’ll manage the pain, symptoms and psychological needs of the terminally ill, while also providing emotional support and guidance to the patient and their family members. You will work with the interdisciplinary team to create a plan of care that is tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes. This may include coordinating care across multiple health care settings, ordering medications, ordering laboratory tests and other diagnostic studies, diagnosing and treating diseases, assessing and addressing spiritual and psychosocial issues, and conferring with physicians and other specialists. You’ll also be responsible for providing education and counseling to patients and caregivers. Additionally, you may provide oversight for a team of nurses, case managers, and aides who will provide hands-on care for the patient. Every day is likely to bring new challenges, so you need to be organized, compassionate, and understanding of each patient’s unique needs.
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ARIYO’s Answer

A nurse practitioner (NP) is a nurse with a graduate degree in advanced practice nursing. This type of provider may also be referred to as an ARNP (Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner) or APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse)
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ARIYO’s Answer

Some other common duties of a hospice NP include:
-Advocate for patients and their families to ensure they receive the best possible care
-Administer and interpret diagnostic tests
-Create, manage, and update patient care plans, as needed
-Dispense medications and other treatments to patients in hospice care facilities
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Sheila’s Answer

A nurse practitioner (NP) is a healthcare professional who has completed a master's or doctoral degree program and has advanced clinical training beyond the initial professional registered nurse preparation. The hospice nurse practitioner's focus centers on upholding the care and dignity of terminally ill patients. A hospice NP takes care of a patient at home after a decision has been made that the patient can no longer receive treatment at the hospital. A hospice NP collaboratively works with a team composed of a physician, hospice nurses, and a chaplain. A hospice NP manages a patient's health, such as pain, symptoms, and treatment. In addition, he/she creates a comprehensive plan that is in accordance with the cultural, religious, and social needs of a dying patient. The hospice NP also ensures emotional support to patients and families and serves as a communication link between the patient, physician, and other hospice team members.
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Bether’s Answer

hi milan.
there's an awesome book by sunita puri md: that good night. it's about her experience becoming a palliative care doctor (hospice). it's a great book!!! also you can see her interview with zdogg md on you tube. they are both amazing.
in arizona the job of nurse practitioner is identical of that to a doctor. so you would be doing all the things sunita does. the only difference is you won't make as much money as a doctor (but you will still make great money!) but NP's have more time off and more flexibility.
get a job working as a medical assistant in a hospice after high school and you will see first hand what np's do all day and get lots of first hand experience with patients in that setting.
good luck!
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