Hospice Registered Nurse (RN) Salary
The larger portion of Hospice Registered Nurses in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $29.53 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Most Hospice Registered Nurses report high levels of job satisfaction. Approximately one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Hospice Registered Nurse (RN)
A hospice registered nurse (RN) works with patients and families facing terminal illness. They work as part of an interdisciplinary team that creates and implements a care plan. They are responsible for the coordination, documentation, and communication of care with the patient and their family, as well as the physician and hospice team. Aside from participating in the care of the patient, they may also need to attend meetings, workshops, in-services, and reviews as dictated by their agency or hospital.Read More...
Hospice registered nurses may work a variety of hours, including during weekends and evenings; they may work or be on call during holidays. Hospice registered nurses are often required to travel to their patients and perform their duties in the patient’s home; because of this, they must have their own transportation to get to and from appointments. Most employers also require that their hospice registered nurses have a valid driver’s license and at least the state-minimum automobile insurance.
Hospice registered nurses are required to have a registered nurse license in their state, as well as completion of a nursing degree. They are typically required to have some experience with geriatrics as a hospice nurse or as a professional nurse elsewhere; they also must have knowledge of the hospice care program and their role in it. In addition, they often must meet requirements regarding annual continuing education hours and CPR certification.
Hospice Registered Nurse (RN) Tasks
- Provide care for elderly, convalescing, or terminal patients.
- Manage staff of caregivers and specialists.
- Create and implement care plan for patients including feedback and desires of patients and their families.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Hospice Registered Nurse (RN)
Hospice Registered Nurses flock to VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, Gentiva, VITAS Healthcare Corporation, Gentiva Health Services, Inc., and Hope Hospice and Community Services, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. The biggest paychecks can be found at VITAS Innovative Hospice Care — the median salary there is $71K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $55K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $98K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Seasons Hospice, Gentiva Health Services, Inc., and Community Hospices, top-paying firms where Hospice Registered Nurses rake in a respectable $71K, $71K, or $71K, respectively.
Employees at Amedisys, Inc., Hospice of Dayton, Inc., and Home Health and Hospice Care can also expect below-average earnings of $57K, $57K, and $58K.
Popular Skills for Hospice Registered Nurse (RN)
Hospice Registered Nurses seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Critical Care, Triage, Pain Management, and Palliative Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Oncology, CHPN, and Geriatrics. Most people experienced in Hospice also know Home Health/Home Care.
Pay by Experience Level for Hospice Registered Nurse (RN)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $59K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $63K. Hospice Registered Nurses who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $64K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $66K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.
Pay Difference by Location
Hospice Registered Nurses earn a generous sum in the state of California: In particular, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego have higher pay rates than anywhere else in the country, each offering salaries above the national average. The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando. Miami and St. Louis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively.
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