Hey there, no way do you let this woman's comment make you change your mind about Hospice. You know my background and I am interested in hospice too. I worked as ER RN for 26 years and managed that ER for 8 years. My son was killed in a car accident and after his death I used my strength that I had learned living the experience to help other parents deal with the parents of a car crash. I knew exactly where they were coming from.
Who leads the grief groups..........the people who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Who better to relate to the relatives and patients whose anxiety is high during the last months of life...............a nurse with her own experience and that is you. Most people that volunteer to work with Hospice patients have lived through the loss of a loved one, it is what drives them to the reason to volunteer.
The email should have never come to you and I would just let it go. This lady owns the problem not you. You know how far you have come and don't start to self-doubt.
Yes, some people still know nothing about the issues of mental health. We can only hope through advocating and education people will learn to understand the disorder for what it really is.
Look for another Hospice, and when you fill out the application use your nursing background as a reference point. We are not required by law to share everything on an application. What exactly her "red flag" was doesn't matter. You are strong enough to move past it and keep on going. Kick that ole red flag to the curb and be proud of your new job.
My prayers for your Father and family. Many hugs for youHugsKitt