Palliative care nurses, sometimes referred to as hospice nurses, are nursing professionals who provide care for patients who are nearing the end of their lives. Since recovery for the vast majority of patients under the care of these nurses isn't generally feasible, relieving patient and familial suffering via comprehensive appraisals of their spiritual, psychosocial, and physical needs is extremely important for the palliative care nurse, which can be a delicate task. In order to work effectively with patients who are dying, palliative care nurses need to possess an abundance of emotional strength, compassion, and maturity.
Common duties that palliative care nurses are tasked with may include:
Palliative care nurses are found wherever there are patients facing terminal illness or injury in the end-stages, to include:
The process of becoming a palliative care nurse starts with earning an RN degree and license. In some cases, those who have completed CNA or LVN/LPN training programs will be accepted as viable candidates to employers. While completing a degree, students should attempt to take courses and gain experience in geriatric care.
To become a palliative care nurse, the following educational requirements should be met:
In most cases, palliative nurses will hold RN licenses. However, depending on the setting and employer, LVNs/LPNs may be acceptable.
There are a number of certifications within the palliative care nursing specialty which are offered through the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center. They are as follows:
The healthcare system in the United States is currently going through drastic changes in an attempt to ready itself for the increasing medical demands of the aging baby boomer generation. As more people from this generation continue to reach old age, palliative care nurses will play a significant role in meeting the growing need for palliative healthcare.
According to PayScale.com, the average annual salary for a palliative care nurse is about $76,500. Important factors that may play a significant role in the earning potential of a palliative care nurse include things like employing organization, geographical location, the amount of nursing experience they have, what their educational background looks like, and more. In addition to receiving a base annual salary, most full-time palliative care nurses can expect to receive employee benefits packages which are likely to include medical, dental, vision, and prescription insurance coverage, in addition to paid vacation and sick leave.