I believe your hospice experience can be variable depending on the acuity of clients a hospice takes, the diagnoses, and the nurse. Hospice is generally not a field heavy in 'nursing tasks' such as placing IVs, but very, very heavy in nursing process (also called care planning), assessment, and psychosocial support. That being said, I work in a hospice that has a very high acuity and lots of clients in the hospital. I do admissions, so I interact with nearly all our patients at their first visits. In a normal week, it is not uncommon for me to do the following:
Start a subQ infusion
Access a port
Place a foley
Drain an indwelling ascites drain
Give a bed bath
Do wound care
So I would say that I feel fairly competent in my ability to perform 'nursing tasks', but working with students I recognize it is often difficult for students to recognize everything I am really doing in a visit. For example, I go into a visit and sit down and chat with my client. During this time I am assessing for mood, affect, skin color, dyspnea, signs of pain, and signs of weight loss. I then do VS, listen to heart, lungs, and BS, and check feet and legs. While I do these things I continue to chat with client about bowel movements, appetite, fatigue, pain.
One thing to remember about hospice is we are focused on symptom management. For example, I may hear crackles or wheezing in a client's lungs, but if they are not having symptoms (coughing, dyspnea, fevers, LE edema), I just keep watching. As a student, I encourage you to tell your preceptor you would like to do the assessment and care planning for a client by yourself and run by her the things you think should be priorities and why. You may also, unfortunately, just be with a nurse who does not much love her job anymore. It happens. Good luck!