The Heart of a Hospice Nurse

The Heart of a Hospice Nurse

In honor of National Nurses Week, we would like to dedicate this article to the amazing nurses who are the heart of Transitions Hospice. Without the tremendous dedication, compassion, and skill of our nurses, we would not exist.

Hospice nursing is in a class all its own. Not only are our nurses using their expertise to help treat symptoms and manage their patient’s pain, they have a greater goal of helping patients LIVE the best life they can with the time they have left. Our nurses work with the physician and family to make a plan of care based on the patient’s and family’s wishes, and continuously review the plan to make sure it is on track with patient wishes. Our patients experience the warm, kind, gentle care of our nurses everyday.

Unlike other areas of nursing, hospice nurses specialize in end of life care. This takes a special person with a very special talent and personality. How often we hear, “Hospice? I could never do that!” But when talking with our nurses, we often hear, “I love hospice; I cannot imagine doing anything else!”

THAT is what sets our hospice nurses apart.  Thank you for all you do, every day!

 

Written by Krista Voltolina, RN

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Krista is a registered nurse and has worked as a health educator for over 20 years. Her passion is speaking on issues related to hospice, gerontology and community health. She is s member of HPNA, the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.