Congrats OP! Based on your username, I'm going to assume you're in Oregon, which is a very good state for EOL care!
Reading through your pros and cons, I noticed a lot of "logistical" factors, so I wanted to chime in as you get started as a hospice nurse. Yes, we get mileage, amazing bedside experiences, and awesome self-management. Yes, I have ended my day at 3 pm sitting on the beach in my scrubs
, documenting on my tablet.
BUT: that's not a reason to be a hospice nurse. I have sat at a patient's home for 6 hours (until 1030 pm), putting all my other visits on hold, while that patient breathed their last breath and their 12yo daughter screamed at me (most of my other families were ok with rescheduling, some made me feel like crap). I have had my phone ring at 8 pm with the on-call nurse trying to figure out how to get symptoms under control. I have had to drive an hour out of my way to change a dressing or have a family meeting because "dad seems depressed." I have had family members--HCPs--who were so in denial that they accused me of lacking compassion bcs I advised against CPR.
I'm not trying to be dramatic or anything. I just really want to make it clear, hospice isn't all about the mellow hours and "kumbaya" philosophy. We work ourselves to the point of exhaustion caring for people and families at the darkest hour, and our reward is frequently tears, occasionally anger.
Please prepare yourself for a type of burnout you may have never experienced before. Yes, there are hospice nurses who kind of "coast" through their caseload without ever really investing in the work. The other RNCMs are not fans of these individuals, and usually the families ask for another nurse after a while