What It Means To Be A Hospice Nurse…Andrea Freeman, RN

What It Means To Be A Hospice Nurse…Andrea Freeman, RN

I have been a nurse for many years and have worked in different fields during this time.  I was always interested in hospice but I was never able to commit due to having a demanding family schedule that would not have allowed me to be truly there for my patients.  Well, things change and my daughter is now pretty much self sufficient at the age of 13 (to say the least..) so my decision to revisit a hospice career came into play once more.  I interviewed with Transitions and really liked what the mission and philosophy that was presented to me stood for.

Now that I have worked for Transitions for over a year, I believe wholeheartedly that I have found my passion within hospice. I enjoy the connections I have with my patients and their families.  Nowhere else can a nurse feel such gratification and validation!  To become such a part of that patient’s life at the end of their life is truly rewarding.  At the end of the day when I am mentally exhausted, I collect my thoughts and know there is nothing else I would rather be doing.
I have spent many nights crying for my patients, advocating for my patients and always trying to figure out what more I can do to ensure that they have awesome moments, making each day better than the last.  I have been told that it takes a special person to be able to care for another human being in their final stages of life.  And it does.  Nursing is centered around caring and that is a trait that cannot really be taught or acquired.  I am so proud to be a Hospice Nurse and am so humbled to say that I am able to make a difference in the life of a person whom I have never known or met until they have needed me the most.