Hospice RN Jobs
Hospice is a place where patients can go to live out their final days in peace and comfort. It provides care for the terminally ill, who might otherwise require aggressive treatment that would only prolong life but not make them happy or comfortable during this time period leading up until death arrives on-site as well-armed with knowledge from experts about how best to provide relief through pain management techniques such has hydromorphone® therapy (a form of medication used typically by people living with cancer).
Simply put, hospice is focused on providing compassionate care to manage pain and provide relief in the final days of the individual and loved ones. This is a profession that requires emotional resilience and the realization that death is a part of life. The purpose is to provide comfort rather than cure.
According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), 1.55 million people on Medicare received hospice benefits in 2018. Their average hospice stay was 89.6 days. According to the CDC, there are more than 4,000 hospice facilities in the country.
There are approximately 1.5 million registered nurses working in hospices, and of that 37% stay in a hospice for only one or two years, over 20% stay for less than a year. The staffing problems in the hospice industry are similar to those in other medical sectors. Demand for hospice workers, CNAs, nurses, and other allied healthcare workers is growing with no sign of slowing down as the baby boom generation ages.
To work as a nurse in hospice, it’s vital to have empathy for your patients who face the limits of their independence, or in the case of hospice, patients who are literally preparing to die. Patience with family members who grieve their loved ones' diagnoses and struggle to make or prepare for end-of-life decisions is also a vital skill.
If you're already part of the Nursa™ community, you've probably noticed that a large number of our PRN shifts offer long-term care placements. If you have compassion and patience in addition to your clinical skills and think hospice and palliative care might be your calling, Nursa™ can help! RNs and CNAs can obtain specific certifications for hospice and palliative care through the Hospice and Palliative Care Certification Center (HPCC).
Browse hundreds of PRN jobs at properties near you. Even better, working a PRN shift in a hospice or palliative care facility will allow you to decide if the work environment is right for you before investing money and energy.
The term "hospice nurse" is a broad term that is used to describe the various healthcare professionals who care for patients at the end of their lives. The term is commonly used to refer to CHPN, certified hospice and palliative nurses, or CHPLN, certified hospice, and palliative licensed nurses. Both of these specialist nurses are responsible for caring for the terminally ill as they near the end of their lives.