Franciscan Hospice Care nurses are professionals who hold to the highest standard of care for each patient. Beyond their training as general care nurses, they are experienced in the care of hospice patients and continue to update their knowledge in the field through education. Hospice nurses are alert to the special needs of each patient and treat each person with respect, recognizing each one’s sacred dignity and unique situation as he or she prepares for his or her final days. Hospice nurses observe changes in the patients’ symptoms and overall medical condition which might call for adjustments in medication or services. A hospice nurse is on call 24 hours a day to answer the needs of clients and when necessary will make visits at any hour.