How to Stay Positive When You Work in Hospice

By Keith Carlson, BSN, RN, NC-BC,

When you meet a hospice nurse, you might look at her and say, “I could never do that kind of nursing; it’s so depressing.” If you already work in hospice, nurses and non-nurses alike might say similar things to you. But is it really that depressing? And is it possible to maintain your positivity when you work with people who are staring death in the face?

Hospice nurses work in patients’ homes and inpatient units. Each environment has its own pluses and minuses, but their goals — symptom management and dignified death — remain the same.

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