Bill, I too was a critical care nurse (13 years), and though I don't call myself a buddhist, I do believe in the Buddhist philosophy. I made the transition to Hospice in hope of helping others to maintain dignity, provide comfort, emotional and spiritual support for both the patient and their loved ones. It was at first, a difficult transition from critical care, having been so focused on "cure" and "fixing" what had been wrong. As a nurse in critical care for so long, I worked in a Level I trauma center in the SICU, nurses were often the "target" of greiving families, abusive physicians, etc. With Hospice, you are welcomed into these peoples homes, you become the one they look forward to seeing. You become their teacher, nurse, friend and sometimes their family. In doing Hospice, I feel for the first time I am truly making a difference in someones life. Go for it Bill!