I followed a similar path by taking a relief position at our hospice inpatient unit and then taking a job there as soon as I could. It was the best decision I could have made. After 12 years as an ER nurse and 3 years in cardiac nursing it has renewed my energy and passion for holistic nursing care . It is no less busy than the ER. Critical thinking and quick action are a must in symptom management which can change by the minute. Other skills needed are diplomacy, patience, and a Macgyver like quality. Take advantage of support groups or debriefings for yourself and enjoy your patients. It is an amazing time of life.
As Sir William Osler said" To cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always.