Hospice nursing is a calling and it is a challenge like none other I have experienced in 20 years of nursing. It requires a willingness to engage with another human being and their loved ones at a time when emotions are raw and open. It also requires a willingness to listen and at times simply be present. The skills end of Hospice can be "learned" but the compassionate skills cannot and must be within the nurse from the get go. This applies to all Hospice team members. NurseAlwaysNForever your correct "seasoned" nurses or Hospice novice we are all called on to constantly improve the delivery of palliative and comfort care, improve ourselves and grow as compassionate Hospice clinicians. We must never neglect our own emotional.spiritual and physical needs as well. Hospice is a team approach to care and team members need to support one another , be available to lend an ear, provide comfort and support one another.