I have seen hospice in action...my mother had hospice care near the end of her life, and I was very impressed by the attitude of all of the staff. It was one of the things that propelled me into nursing.
I can't say for certain how I'd react to all of the grief and suffering...but I do have a way with patients. In addition, I've always been interested in the psychosocial aspects of illness, though not in psychiatric illness per se
. My research project dealt with how nurses helped patient perceived their hospitalization.
In addition, when I was first looking at nursing school
I was interested in the related areas of oncology, pain management, and hospice. I like areas where strong consideration is given to the patient's views and needs. I find I dislike areas where that is less of a concern and treatment is forced (peds, psych).
What I'm looking to avoid in a pracitioner role is one where there is not relationship with the patient, where the psychosocial doesn't even come into it...ie a retail clinic where you never see the same patient twice and consists mostly of minor acute illnesses.