Hospice Nurse Job Description

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A hospice nurse has obtained some type of nursing certification and then pursued a career in a hospice center or as a home visiting hospice nurse. There are no additional education requirements for a nurse to become a hospice nurse; however, experience may assist a nurse in landing a job at a hospice center.

Function

  • Hospice nurses care for end-of-life patients and their families. The hospice nurse makes a patient's last days physically and emotionally comfortable for both the patients and loved ones.

Duties

  • Hospice nurses assists in providing medications and massages to patients to make the last days of the patient's lives as pain-free as possible.

Teaching

  • Hospice nurses teach family and friends of the patient how to care for the patient if the patient chooses to spend their last days in her home.

Family Assistance

  • Hospice nurses working in patient homes may perform simple household tasks to allow the family to focus on the patient instead of necessary chores.

Personality

  • A hospice nurse applicant must be able to deal with stressful situations and be able to provide comfort to grieving family members without letting the stress affect their own lives.

Salary

  • Nurses in various positions in 2006 earned an annual average of $57,280, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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