How does anyone know what they want to do for a career? We think about different professions and what they would be like. We dream of the excitement and unique quality of a job. Most of all, we think about how we will feel doing the job and the reward of a successful career. Professions in the medical field encompass so many of these qualities: there are so many different professions to choose from, there is something new and engaging with each new case, and there are so many people that can benefit from a dedicated medical practitioner.
Being a Nurse is one of the many career paths that the medical field has to offer, and with so many different fields to choose from it can be difficult to know which one you would want to be affiliated with. The two fields of care that can be the most challenging, yet the most rewarding is Palliative and Hospice Care. Both fields touch not just the lives of the patients, but also their patient’s families. Here is some information about both fields and how they can lead to an amazing career path:
Palliative care is the treatment of patients’ symptoms to help them live their lives with a life-limiting illness. By having palliative treatments, patients are able to have a higher quality of life for the remainder of their time.
What’s important about Palliative Care: Treating a patient’s symptoms can help them live comfortably, which means that the patient has the opportunity to focus on their needs and enjoy their loved ones without being curtailed by pain.
Hospice care involves caring for patients with a terminal illness after treatment. This type of care aims to make the final moments of a patient’s life comfortable and compassionate as possible. Our Assisted Nurses care for the medical, mental and emotional state of the patient. By remembering to care for all three our nurses help make end-of-life care a time of peace.
What Hospice can offer for the families: Losing a loved one is never easy, but having them depart in peace and with dignity can bring some solace to the families. Treating patients during end-of-life care means making every moment count not just for the patient but for everyone that loves the patient.
Joyce Travers Palliative/Hospice Care Education Grant
Assisted Home Health and Hospice Foundation is proud to provide the Joyce Travers Palliative/Hospice Care Education Grant to assist RNs to be certified for both Palliative and Hospice Care, and for LVNs to be able to take courses for these fields of care.
Why we have this grant. Assisted Home Health and Hospice Foundation aim to help healthcare professionals continue their pursuit of education. This grant is dedicated to Joyce Travers, who was an LVN that became a nurse later in life. She worked in Palliative and Hospice Care, and was able to help so many patients with their health transition, and proved that it is never too late to pursue your dreams to care for others. Learn more or apply for the grant here.