Travel Hospice Nurse Jobs

Hospice Care RNs are responsible for providing care to terminally ill patients and their families. They work with patients who have a variety of serious health conditions such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and heart disease. Nurses here make sure their patients remain physically comfortable and help manage the emotional and spiritual needs of both the patients and their families. Hospice nurses would do different types of work depending on where they are assigned, which often includes hospitals, private care facilities, and home care.

Travel nursing can be an exciting and rewarding career, especially for those who are excited about experiencing new places and meeting new people. There are many benefits to working as a travel hospice nurse, such as an increased income, professional development opportunities, and gaining experience in areas outside of your own geographic region.

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Hospice Travel Nurse FAQ

How Much Do Hospice Nurses Make?

The salary of a registered nurse can vary significantly depending on the experience of the nurse as well as the experience, certifications, and location they are working in. The median salary for a registered nurse was $ 80,010 per year or $36.22 per hour in 2020 with most earning between $61,630 and $93,590 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Entry-level registered nurse jobs or those with the lowest 10% salary earned around $53,410, while the highest 10% earned more than $116,230. Typically, a travel nurse job will provide higher hourly and weekly pay than permanent positions in the same location.

What Does a Hospice Registered Nurse Do?

Hospice Care Nurses provide care to patients when a disease, such as advanced cancer, gets to the point when treatment can no longer cure or control it. The hospice RN coordinates the team of professionals who work together to manage the patient’s symptoms so that a person’s last days may be spent comfortably, with dignity and quality, and surrounded by their loved ones. Hospice RNs may work either on shifts, assisting one patient for several hours at a time, or intermittently, traveling to care for several patients in one day. They guide patients and families through the initial hospice assessment and admission process, develop the plan of care, and determine the types of counseling, education, and care the patient’s caregiver and family members will need before, during, and after the patient’s death. Administration of pain medications, and other meds that help ease the dying process, is a key responsibility of the hospice RN. The hospice RN oversees the work of the hospice LPN.

Where Do Hospice Care Nurses Work?

Hospice nurses might work in hospitals, private care facilities, and the home of someone who is receiving end-of-life care. Hospitals often employ a few people to help provide hospice care, but they mostly work for another company that specializes in end-of-life care.

What Skills and Traits Make an Effective Hospice Nurse?

An effective hospice nurse cares for the patients with patience, empathy, and compassion. They also need to be skilled at listening, problem-solving, and excellent communication skills. These abilities not only make them effective nurses but caring and supportive ones as well.

Compassion

Hospice nurses provide more than just care; they offer companionship and comfort. They work to educate and inform patients and their families and help them cope with the stresses of end-of-life issues.

Communication

Hospice nurses need to be able to communicate clearly and concisely with coworkers and patients to do their best work. For patients, this often means providing comfort and care as possible as they can.

Communication

Hospice nurses need to be able to communicate clearly and concisely with coworkers and patients to do their best work. For patients, this often means providing comfort and care as possible as they can.

Details

When working with medication dosage, patient charts, or reports, it is important to give attention to detail at all times to find information that could have longstanding consequences. Nurses who work at hospices — and particularly nurses that work in triage settings — must be able to think critically no matter the situation and always prioritize patient care.

Self-Care

Hospice nurses have a demanding role, so it’s important they take the time to focus on themselves and their own well-being. If they don’t understand that self-care can help them grow more productive and provide a high level of care to patients, then their compassion will become compromised by exhaustion.

How to Become a Hospice Travel Nurse?

Education & License Requirements

To work as a Travel Hospice Nurse, Registered Nurses must complete their associate's or bachelor's degree in nursing and take the National Council Licensure Exam NCLEX -RN Exam, which is a requirement to practice as an RN in the United States. Once the NCLEX exam is passed and you meet the board of nursing license requirements in your state, then all that is left is to do is gain the necessary experience in your specialty and explore additional certifications.

Certifications

Common certifications required for Hospice nurses include basic life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), and pediatric advanced life support (PALS) certifications. Nurses interested in working in hospice facilities can also pursue additional certifications like the Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN®) examination offered by the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC).

How Do Pay Packages work for Hospice Travel Nursing Jobs?

While compensation offers can vary greatly depending on the contract or agency offering, pay packages for a hospice travel nurse assignment typically have four major components: hourly taxable wages, meals and incidentals, housing, and travel.

Hourly Pay

Full-time nurses working at healthcare facilities receive a salary, but most travel nurse employers offer hourly wages. Every pay package must include a taxable hourly wage, and the amount can vary depending on the shift, location, and specialty required of the assignment.

Housing

Housing payments can be included in a payment from a staffing agency. This is typically offered in two ways. Either the company is providing housing, or the traveler is taking the housing stipend. It is more beneficial for the traveler to take the housing stipend for two primary reasons. First, they will have a choice in where they stay. Everyone’s definitions of comfortable and acceptable are different. The second reason the housing stipend is more beneficial for them is that it can be given as a nontaxable amount.

Meals and Incidentals

Also known as per diems, meal and incidental stipends provide a daily budget for daily living expenses. These standards vary depending on the cost of living in cities and states across the country.

Travel Expenses

Travel is the last portion of the pay package. Many recruiters may not even offer travel and instead put that money into the per diems or housing for their traveler so they are receiving the benefits over the entire contract, not just at the very beginning or end of the contract. While a travel stipend can be used to cover the cost of a flight for the traveler, it is more often than not used to subsidize the traveler’s expenses to and from an assignment. Travel expenses can be offered as a reimbursement rate per mile, though many agencies will opt to offer a flat rate to and from an assignment.

Getting Started as a Traveling Nurse

Many travel nurses find work through recruitment agencies and marketplaces, which means you have better access to job boards to choose your schedule, location, and salary. When you begin browsing for a nurse hospice position, be sure to consider the housing options, the benefits, the guaranteed hours' policy, and the recruiting company’s overall reputation.

The good news is that Fusion Marketplace has everything you need when it comes to finding the perfect traveling nursing jobs. Here, you have the freedom to compare benefits, packages, and staffing agencies—all in one place. So find your next job today.