Hospice Nursing

What You Need to Know About Becoming a Hospice Nurse

Hospice and palliative care nurses¬†provide care and pain relief to patients in the final stages of life. Their goal is to help their patients live as comfortably and independently as possible and with the least amount of pain in their final days. A hospice nurse closely monitors the patient to identify which stage of the disease the patient has entered, adjusting the pain management and treatment schedule accordingly. One of the most important parts of a hospice nurse’s job is to provide emotional support to the patients and their families and help them feel more comfortable about death. As a result, compassionate listening and counseling skills are critical, and the job can be both¬†stressful and emotional.

Preparation Path

  • GET YOUR NURSING DIPLOMA, ASN OR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • WORK FOR 2 YEARS IN A HOSPICE-RELATED FIELD
  • GET YOUR CHPN CERTIFICATION (VOLUNTARY)

$40,000 - $70,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Monitoring and recording vital signs
  • Helping to carry out treatment plans
  • Evaluating diagnostic tests
  • Assessing the psychological and emotional needs of patients and their families
  • Explaining what to expect during the dying process
  • Counseling and providing grief support to family members

 

Education Requirements

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Employment Settings

  • Hospice facilities
  • Patient homes
  • Long-term care facilities

Certification

RN, Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN)