I also think that it is wonderful that you are considering hospice work. I graduated from nursing school
in Dec. 2002, and have been working in a free-standing inpatient hospice unit for almost 2 years now. I guess I was an "experiment" of sorts, because I was the first new grad ever hired. My manager openly and readily admits that hiring a new grad was a risk...but one that she has never regretted. Since you are just starting out, I'd like to share a few things I learned while in school.
Keep an open mind, and don't be surprised if you find several types of nursing that you enjoy (and some that they couldn't PAY you enough to do!) I was fortunate enough to know in my heart that hospice nursing was my calling. My dream at the start of school was to work on a Mother/Baby unit...maybe even become a lactation consultant. (I certainly went to the opposite end of the spectrum, didn't I?)
EVERYONE, EVERYONE, EVERYONE will tell you that "you need at least a year on Med/Surg" before going into ___________(anything/everything). If you are still interested in hospice work, and aren't fortunate enough to have an inpatient unit nearby, ABSOLUTELY do the year (at least) in Med/Surg!! A new grad is not equipped with the skills needed for home care!! If you have an inpatient unit...GO FOR IT!!! The same goes for most other fields of nursing. If you know where your calling is, and the education/support needed to learn the job is made available to you, follow your heart!
Getting through nursing school is time-consuming, scary, intimidating, frustrating, exciting, wonderful, rewarding. While in the middle of it, it seems that school will never end. When they hand you that hard-earned degree, the time will have seemed to fly by. You will have packed more knowledge into your brain than you ever dreamed possible, you will have made friends that will be friends forever, and you will have experiences that will stay with you a lifetime. Enjoy your time in school!
It's OKAY if you walk down that graduation aisle totally confused about where you want to work/what kind of nursing you want to do. You might even take a position that ends up being the wrong fit for you. Don't be afraid to change. You will have worked too hard to earn that RN after your name to end up not liking the kind of nursing you're doing. Try something else!
Be assurred that most everyone eventually lands where they are meant to be. Best of luck to you!