Hospice Nurse Certification

If you want to ensure that you will get a job as a hospice nurse, you need to have some kind of certification. This will show your employers that you know what you are doing, and it will give them confidence in your abilities. There are several programs you can go through to get a hospice nurse certification, but everything needs to start with a college degree. Here is an overview of what you will have to go through to become a certified hospice nurse.

The Education for the Certification

Any nursing degree should suffice for a hospice nurse certification, depending on the certification you want to get. You really just need to think about which position you want to hold in this profession so you can determine which degree you want to go through. Possibilities may include:

  • Associate of Applied Science as a Registered Nurse
  • Associate of Applied Science as a Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Associate Degree in Nursing
  • Associate of Science in Nursing
  • Associate of Arts in Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
  • Graduate Diploma in Nursing
  • Technical Certificate in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing as a Registered Nurse
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Science in Nursing

These degrees will all come with different curriculums, but the information within them will be relatively the same. Before you dive into a degree, you may want to get a feel for what it will involve. Possibilities may include:

  • Evidence Based Practice in Nursing
  • Caring in Practice
  • Caring for Children and Families
  • Adult Health Nursing
  • Introduction to Critical Care Nursing
  • Community Based Care
  • Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Introduction to Healthcare Informatics
  • Foundations of Professional Practice
  • Gerontology
  • Global Nursing and International Healthcare
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Leadership in Healthcare Organizations
  • Health Assessment
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Human Genetics and Genomics
  • Introduction to Homecare Nursing
  • Microbiology Lab
  • Oral Communication
  • Pathophysiology
  • Introduction to Palliative Care Nursing
  • Microbiology
  • Pharmacology in Nursing
  • Introduction to Perioperative Nursing
  • Maternal Newborn Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing

If you think you can handle a degree like that, you should do just fine on your certification exam.

Common Hospice Nurse Certification Programs

There is nothing wrong with having multiple hospice nurse certifications. In fact, that may lead to bigger and better career opportunities for you. Nevertheless, you may want to do some research to find out which certification is most necessary for your chosen career path. Some of the options to keep in mind include:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Critical Care
  • Oncology Certified Nurse
  • Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Basic Life Support
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse

Life with a Hospice Nurse Certification

If you manage to pass your certification exam, you should have no trouble finding a job as a hospice nurse. You could work as any of the following:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse Manager
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Certified Nurse Assistant
  • Nurse Case Manager
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse

The specific position you hold will have a lot to do with the amount of money you make, but so will your time on the job and the area of the country you live in. The chart below shows what your salary may look like based on the size of employer you work for.

Salary by Company Size

  • 1-9 staff members: $35,562 per year
  • 10-49 staff members: $47,749 per year
  • 50-199 staff members: $50,889 per year
  • 200-599 staff members: $53,470 per year
  • 600-1999 staff members: $57,869 per year
  • 2000-4999 staff members: $58,176 per year
  • 5000-19999 staff members: $63,724 per year
  • 20000-49999 staff members: $57,704 per year
  • 50000+ staff members: $60,000 per year

Review the information above to decide if a hospice nurse certification is right for you.