I am happy to respond regarding job opportunities for
hospice bachelor's-level graduates in Michigan.
This Department conducted a survey in the Spring of
2001 to all graduates in hospice education since the
program's inception in 1984. Our response rate was good,
with 85% of those responding indicating job placement
and satisfaction, and 57% responding that they already
had a job at the time of graduation.
In the State of Michigan there is a particularly high
number of hospices (100 in our State alone) especially
within the Southeast Michigan area. We maintain excellent
rapport with area directors in hospice organizations
because of our student internship placements. These
organizations hire our graduates. The most popular non-nursing
roles available in a
hospice are spiritual care or bereavement care coordinators,
volunteer coordinators, and/or community educators.
Often students are hired to work within a combination
of two of these roles. Depending upon one's area of
concentration, other positions in management and administration
are also a possibility. However, the latter usually
requires some type of graduate level education.
Finally, we usually recommend that our graduates minor
in some related, interdisciplinary field like Gerontology
or Psychology, so that they develop an area of specialization.
It helps with marketing oneself after graduation.
I am happy to reply and support our international students
in any way we can.
They offer much to our classroom learning environment.