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A Home Hospice Nurse

Hospice nurses specialize in providing nursing care to the dying patients. It is their responsibility to provide care and nursing to those patients who have terminal illnesses. These patients need comfort and compassion as the days of their lives are numbered. There are no expectations of recovery for hospice patients. The main focus of the nurses is pain management for the hospice patients. Hospice nurse has to closely monitor the patients for any sign of rejection of the medications given or any discomfort caused.

 

• Education criteria for hospice nurses:

Every nurse who wants to become a hospice nurse, first, has to complete a nursing program f 2 or 4 years. Associate of Science in Nursing is a 2 year program and the Bachelor of Science is a 4 year program. After completing either of the two, a nurse has to sit in the examination called NCLEX. Passing this exam qualifies the person to become a registered nurse and allows them to practice in any state. After acquiring necessary experience, hospice nurses can get the advanced certification through National Board of Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses.

 

• How much usually a hospice nurse earns?

The world of employment is getting more competitive and skilled based with the passage of time. The job opportunities for nurses are increasing. The job market is expected to grow by 22% by the year 2018 for the registered nurses, which is incredible. The median annual salary for a hospice nurse is $ 50,000. Many factors also affect the increase and decline in the salary of a hospice nurse. Like the state they are working in, the medical care facility and the responsibilities that they fulfill, all contribute towards their salary. Advanced hospice nurses earn a better salary.

 

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