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how long do i have to go to college to be a hospice nurse

#college. would i need a doctors degree or associates or bachelors degree?

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Brittany’s Answer

Hello Kiah,

In order to become a Hospice Nurse, you would need to have a BSN which is a Bachelors degree in general nursing. You can also go another route which would be graduating from a State approved program in vocational nursing. Hope this helps :)
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Mary Jane’s Answer

In my state, nurses can work in hospice with either an Associates or a Bachelors degree in nursing. However, some hospice organizations also like to have nurse practitioners on staff because they are able to prescribe medications.
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Sendil’s Answer

Hospice Nurses are health care professionals that care for patients at the end of their lives. The term "hospice nurse" is used by many as an umbrella term for a number of different professions. When individuals refer to themselves as hospice nurses, they're most likely employed as one of the following kinds of nurses: Certified Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistants (CHPNA) or Certified Hospice and Palliative Licensed Nurse (CHPLN). Hospice nurses typically work with terminally ill patients and help ensure their and quality of life during their remaining days, as opposed to working to cure or fix a patient. Their primary responsibility is to help people live as comfortably and independently as possible and with the least amount of pain during their last days.

CHPNAs will have a high school diploma or GED
Must have to have at minimum 500 hours of hospice and palliative nursing assistant experience in the most recent 12 months, or 1,000 hours in the past 24 months, all under the supervision of a registered nurse in the United States.
For Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurses (CHPNs):

Individual must have attended college or university, earning either a BSN or ADN
Must currently be a licensed RN in state of residence
Should have at least two years of related care settings

For Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurses (ACHPNs):

Will hold a master's or doctoral degree in advanced practice nursing program from an accredited university that includes both clinical and didactic segments
Must currently be in possession of an unrestricted active registered nurse license in the US.
Must be a functioning Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) with 500 hours of hospice and palliative nursing practice in the most recent 12 months, or 1,000 hours in the past 24 months before applying to take the ACHPN Examination
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