Hospice nursing

Hospice is for nurses who enjoy the challenges of providing palliative interdisciplinary care for terminally ill patients and their caregivers. Knowledge and comfort in working in a diverse cultural environment is a must when working with families of differing socio-economic levels. Hospice nurses teach caregivers the skills and provide information needed to support caregivers in end-of-life care.

Hospice nurses work as primary case managers along with social workers, chaplains, home health aides, and volunteers. Care is provided in a variety of residential settings, including single dwelling homes, apartments, extended care facilities and assisted living facilities. The nurses also collaborate and coordinate care with nurses from Goshen Hospital nursing units for those patients who need the acute inpatient and respite level of care.

Hospice nurses receive individualized orientation, training and ongoing education for skills in assessment and interventions for the palliation of symptoms in diverse cultural settings. Nurses are encouraged to obtain certification for Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing.

Patient Population

Terminally ill patients over 18

Unit Size

Average daily census 50-75 patients

Nurse-to-Patient Ratio

1 full-time RN manages 15-20 patients


8-hour shift with call rotation to provide 24-hour RN coverage

Skill Mix



Individualized orientation dependent on previous experience. Nurses receive a one-on-one orientation with an experienced nurse for 6-12

Learn more about opportunities to join our nursing team at Goshen Hospital. Call Human Resources, (574) 364-2626.