The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice

Nursing Student Education Program

At the Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice, the mission of the Nursing Student Education Program is to disseminate information and promote excellence in hospice and palliative nursing care.

Annually, over 900 students from entry to graduate level, gain knowledge through a variety of learning forums. Didactic and clinical experiences have been developed to meet identified course objectives. Master’s prepared nurse educators offer palliative care presentations on college campuses and at the SDHIPM facility. 

Clinical rotations are available for students in geriatrics, leadership, management, community nursing and advanced practice nursing. These clinical rotations are offered in the SDHIPM inpatient care centers, in long-term care facilities and in private homes. Students spend from four to 120 clinical hours learning from our experienced and knowledgeable nursing staff.

Inspired by their learning experiences, many former students have entered into professional practice as palliative care and hospice nurses. Others have carried an understanding of hospice philosophy and services into a variety of healthcare settings.

For additional information, please contact Robin Hopler, Education Coordinator at +1 (619) 278-6326 or email