• Common sense
  • Intelligence
  • Ability to evaluate situations, asses needs, make decisions and ask questions
  • Resourcefulness
  • Ability to meet crises
  • A good sense of timing
  • Tact
  • Is a good listener, able to tolerate repetition
  • Is a good talker
  • Likes people
  • Capacity to be nurturing
  • Compassion
  • Openness
  • Empathy
  • Objectivity
  • Sensitivity
  • Patience
  • Positive approach to life
  • Maturity
  • Level headedness
  • Emotional stability
  • Honesty
  • Nonjudgmental attitude
  • Strong stomach
  • Dependability neatness and good hygiene
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Flexibility
  • Availability
  • Commitment to the program
  • Ability to work with a team
  • Ability to accept suggestions from team members
  • Sense of self
  • Ability to keep personal problems out of hospice work
  • Strength from having survived loss/ not currently acutely grieving
  • Balanced personal life
  • Ability to set limits for oneself
  • Ability to make contact and also to distance (able to handle loss of patients, to avoid rescuing, being caught in family differences, etc.)
  • Sustaining faith or philosophy, and is comfortable with that of others
  • A sense of humor