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Hospice Nurse

A Hospice Nurse takes care of terminally ill or injured patients at the end of their lives.

High demand

Hospice Nurses are in demand due to the aging American population, and a growing desire for end-of-life care to be given outside of a hospital environment.

Required education
Average annual salary
Out of hospital
Treat patients in their homes, during travel, or other non-hospital environments.
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
A set routine will allow you to anticipate and expertly manage every situation.
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
You’ll help people live out their final days as comfortably and painlessly as possible.
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What you’ll do


You may work with priests, ministers and other spiritual advisors of the patient.


You’ll provide emotional support to the patient and family.


You’ll help terminally ill patients manage their pain, organize supplies, and create treatment plans.

Where you’ll work
  • Hospice care centers
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Patients’ homes
How to become a Hospice Nurse


Pass the NCLEX-RN and work as a Registered Nurse.


Pass the Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurses exam through the Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.


You’re ready to work as a Hospice Nurse.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Hospice Nurse organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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