What It Means To Be A Hospice Nurse…Rebecca Hunter, RN Case Manager

What It Means To Be A Hospice Nurse…Rebecca Hunter, RN Case Manager

Growing up I never wanted to be a nurse. I thought all they did was sit in doctors’ offices and spend most of the day on the phone talking to patients.  To say that was a misconception is an understatement!

Born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago, I began my career in the health care field in 1998. As years passed, I found my self gaining experience in every spectrum of the health care continuum (M.D. offices, X-ray, MRI, ER, Surgery, to name a few). Throughout this time, I was able to see nurses in various roles and with just as varied responsibilities. My view of the nursing field changed, and as many have done and will continue to do, I put myself through school while working nights as a tech in the ER.

In the last 12 years as a nurse, my specialty focus had been ICU. I was even blessed to have helped coordinate organ donations. I can’t begin to imagine the number of patients I’ve helped care for over the years who have been in the last moments of their lives.

But it is only in the last couple of years did I truly awaken and realize my place not only in nursing, but on this Earth.  Moving to Central Illinois two years ago was a tremendous change.  A leap of Faith, not knowing a soul down here…a new job opportunity for me and and a good school district for my son.  While working ICU for the last two years, I have helped more patients pass away with dignity and provided genuine support for their families then I had in the previous 10 years of my career.  God spoke to me…and He opened a door to where I now call my workplace and home: Transitions Hospice.  A company everyone raved about and that I’m now proud to say I’m a part of.  A few months after starting my career with Transitions, I lost both my Mother and Father within a very short time span.  It was very difficult, especially returning to my new work environment.  I have always practiced as though my patients are my family…and I do even more so now.  I see my patients and know that my Mom and Dad will help welcome them Home when the time comes.  My heart and my advocacy are put to good use. I am now able to be that nurse who can help make a difference even if it’s just one patient and family at a time.