Can LPNs be Hospice nurses?

  1. I am in my second semester of LPN school and I would like to know if any of you are in the hospice field. If you are how do you like it?


    thanks,

    nicole
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   Jules A
    Hi Nicole,
    I'm not one, but in the DC area I've seen employment advertisements for LPNs in hospice. Good luck to you, Jules
  4. by   kenzy
    I have looked into hospice and that is my long term goal after getting my RN. However I do know in PA. its based on the county you want to work in. I know in Erie county you must be a RN, in Warren county you can be a LPN at least last I knew. Best of luck to you It takes a special person to be in that area of nursing.
  5. by   Fiona59
    Yes, our pallative care units are staffed by PNs. In the community it's mainly RN but in facilities its two PNs and one RN to the units I've seen.
  6. by   TheCommuter
    Where I live, the vast majority of the continuous care hospice nurses are LVNs/LPNs. So, yes, there are numerous LVN hospice nurses in my city. However, most of the hospice employment advertisements prefer LVNs/LPNs with 1 year of LTC experience.
  7. by   Lovely RN
    Yes I saw ads in the paper and on the internet for LPN's good luck in your search.
  8. by   Blackcat99
    I am an LPN and work in hospice in Washington state. I love my job!
  9. by   pagandeva2000
    I would believe that there would be hospice cases for LPNs...they have an expected outcome and require pallitive care. I hear that my agency hires them sometimes, but I already have a home case. I'd do hospice myself!
  10. by   Ginger's Mom
    The primary care nurse has to be a RN, as someone mentioned before a LPN can do visits or continous care. In fact the regs for continous care is a licensed nurse and most hospices want LPNS since they cost less.
  11. by   skittlebear
    Quote from ninipanini621
    I am in my second semester of LPN school and I would like to know if any of you are in the hospice field. If you are how do you like it?


    thanks,

    nicole
    Yes! I know a few LPN's in my area that have worked in the hospice field. Good Luck!!!
  12. by   Hospice Nurse LPN
    Nicole-
    YES! I'm an LPN and have been doing hospice nursing for the past 7 years in Louisiana. Hospice is more of a calling than a career choice. You will not be able to go directly into hospice (most agencies require at least 2 years of med-surg or LTC nursing).

    I'm currently in an RN program, and look forward to the additional responsibilities that I will have as an RN.

    Good luck to you!

    Sharon :angel2:
  13. by   Queenietoo
    Where I live LPN's are hired for hospice. The RN must do so many sup visits, but the LPN does routine visits.
  14. by   Thedreamer
    Where I go to school, in our last term, Avista (the hospice agency here) actually comes to our class and holds interviews for jobs. I am in an LPN program in south florida.

    I was looking at hospice too.

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