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Palliative care is a specialized form of healthcare focused on relieving the stress and pain of a serious illness. Although palliative care shares common goals with hospice care, it is not exclusive to terminally ill patients. Palliative care in the United States is appropriate for all ages and stages of a serious illness, regardless of recovery time or life expectancy, and can be used in conjunction with curative treatment.
Palliative care nurse jobs are a rewarding opportunity for nurses seeking a more holistic approach to healthcare. They work with a team of professionals dedicated to improving patient quality of life. Though they specialize in pain management, palliative care nurses are also responsible for typical nursing duties, including assessing patients, administering medication, and filling out charts. Palliative care nurses provide emotional support to patients and their families, often developing close relationships as they help the patient and family come to terms with life-threatening illnesses.
A wide variety of patients seek palliative care—some who are expected to make a full recovery, and some who know the end is near. As rewarding as palliative care nursing can be, it is sometimes emotionally draining because nurses frequently work with patients who are approaching death.
To qualify for palliative care nurse jobs, you must be a registered nurse, and it is advisable to get a certification in hospice and palliative care. To find palliative care nursing employment opportunities in your area, visit the ADVANCE job board today.