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Hospice Nurse

RN Diploma, ASN or BSN

A Hospice Nurse cares for patients at the end of their lives. Their main responsibility is to help people live as comfortably and independently as possible and with the least amount of pain, in their final days. One of the largest parts of being a Hospice Nurse involves helping patients, and their families, feel more comfortable about death and providing them with the emotional support they need.

Things You'll Do:

  • Focus on pain management
  • Help terminally ill patients

Your job characteristics:

  • Structured
  • Patient-facing
  • Independent

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Nursing Diploma, Associate of Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
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  • Work for two years as a Registered Nurse in a hospice-related field.
  • Pass Your
    Hospice and Palliative Nurses certification exam
  • Become a
    Certified Hospice and Palliative Licensed Nurse (CHPN)

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospice care clinics
    • Patient homes

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  • How Much You
    Can Make

      an average salary of

      $31K - $41K

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • You’ll spend more time with your patients, than any other healthcare team member will, and will be involved in every aspect of their care.

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