Hello everyone, I will have a year experience in acute care in September which is the minimum requirement for 2 Hospice jobs I have recently applied for here in NC.
Does anyone know what the salary rate for a Hospice nurse is? Especially in NC? I've always wanted to be a Hospice nurse but no one would hire me in NC when I first moved here as a New Grad last year.
Second, those that do work as a Hospice nurse here, how do you like it?
My mother had a Hospice nurse when she passed away with cancer and that nurse is the reason why I went to nursing school in the first place. I always will remember her for her kindness and the care she gave to my mother. I want to be that Hospice nurse, it would be my dream job!
Any info would be much appreciated!
Aug 14, '10
I have been in a Hospice a year now, not very long but a very eye opening year.
I make almost ten dollars an hour less then I did at the hospital. I have been a nurse > 15 years. But with call and mileage I manage. I don't do it for the money because there really isn't enough compensation for sleepless nights, worn tires, huge mileage on my car, giving comfort and reassurance to a family, holding someone's hand while they pass, being a part of such an intimate and difficult period in a family's life, and making a difference in the lives of those you touch.
Hospice is nursing the patient and the family and whether it be scrambling eggs for a hungry patient, bathing a patient, to singing hymns for a dying soul it is something you do because it is right and comforting.
I don't know if fifty dollars an hour would be enough compensation because this you do because it is a calling...there is never enough compensation to do what we do. I wish you luck in your Hospice career and hope that you love it as much as we do.
Last edit by Hospicetex on Aug 14, '10
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