What It Means To Be A Hospice Nurse…Simone Pike, RN

What It Means To Be A Hospice Nurse…Simone Pike, RN

I never saw myself in the medical field.  Maybe it’s because my Mom had chronic illnesses that made me an anxious child and I wanted to be far from medicine and health care.

Then my Mom was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer when I was 16. I became her caretaker. My Mom, who was previously a nurse, said I’d make a good nurse and I brushed it off. The hospice team down where I’m from were our angels. The cancer took her in two and a half months. My whole life changed. My then 17-year-old mindset went from my boyfriend and college to the meaning of life and death. I decided to take a CNA course and see how it went…I loved it. Although I’m introverted and can be seen as a hard exterior,  I was a natural at caring for people in need.
When college came around, I enrolled in nursing school and although that was the second hardest thing I’ve ever gone through it was totally worth it. Caring for people, especially those in this fragile part of life, gives me so much warmth inside.
I look up to all of you and the hard work we do. I’m proud to be a part of a team that really cares.