having been a Hospice Nurse for going on 13 years, I will say that I feel it is the most rewarding nursing possible. Reason, the families tend to appreciate all that you do to make their loved on comfortable. Now, as to experience, the only way is to get involved and apply. If you are a people person, and are not afraid of the elderly and dying in general, and are willing to take constructive criticism and be prepared to learn things that only someone with experience can teach you, then go for it. We dont eat our own in the Hospice side, well, not usually....sometimes though.... anyway, The CHPN test is a tough one, and you should only take it after you have had at least 2 years experience, it helps you to understand all that is going on out there.
And last, as to which company to go for, I can tell you that I have been tempted by the big mega-hospice corporation type, and the bennies re fantastic, almost make me drool to think of them, but they tend to pay low (probably to make up for the bennies), I wanted to switch from a small hospice with good pay to a mega-hospice and found I would be taking a major cut in pay (approx 600 every two weeks or more). (oh but I would love the 4 weeks vacation.....). Just go out and find one, ask around about their patient care reputation, and get into it and begin learning. that is how most of us started.