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Hospice nurse jobs are some of the most demanding in healthcare. They do all the work a traditional nurse does—assess patients, record symptoms, administer medications, work with physicians—but have the added duty of working exclusively with patients who are terminally ill.
Generally, a hospice nurse will take care of patients who have 6 months or less to live. These are patients who have stopped responding to treatments, and have chosen to die at home or in hospice as comfortably and painlessly as possible. Hospice nurses work closely with patients and their families during the most difficult part of their lives, providing both physical and emotional support.
Hospice nursing can be a daunting career choice because of the emotional toll it takes to work with terminally ill patients day in and day out. It is important to be able to set clear boundaries and avoid bringing work home. Nurses who can achieve this find hospice nursing to be an extremely rewarding career. Hospice care offers patients a chance to find closure before death, and hospice nurses are an integral part of making their last days as comfortable as possible.
Like traditional nursing, hospice nurse jobs are in high demand. As the baby boom generation continues to age, more and more hospices need skilled nurses to guide patients through their final days. To find available hospice nursing positions, visit the ADVANCE job board today.