I have only been a hospice nurse the last few years but have many years nursing experience before that. I have seen many bad deaths. I'm sure many of us have. We have all seen the terminal pt who is a full code. Their last days are filled with pain, confusion, drains, tubes, lines, edema, seizures and then the futile code that cracks ribs and doesn't bring them back. Hospice is a better way. Our hospice team have helped so many pts and their families get through difficult times. I consider it a privilege to be allowed to be so intimately involved in a dying pt's life. I can hold their hand and look into their eyes and the knowledge and training I have can bring them comfort in their last days. This is more rewarding to me than any other nursing job I have had.