What would you like to say about your recognition at last year’s VOYCE Caregiver awards?
Receiving the award was very much an honor. I was surprised and very happy. I was especially happy for VNA because all of us work very hard in our work, and it was great to be recognized.
Why did you become a hospice nurse?
Seventeen years ago I was doing patient infusion therapy, which required me to travel a lot. During this time, my 29-year old son died suddenly and it began to put things in perspective for me. I took a leave of absence from work, and I began to reflect on my life and how I wanted to use my talents. It was then I determined I wanted to spend my time helping others going through an end-of-life experience. So, when it was time to go back to work, I committed my skills and time to hospice nursing. I have been a hospice e nurse for 15 years and a nurse for 52 years. God has directed me to my work, and I know I am in the right place.
Do you have a favorite memory as a hospice nurse?
We’re a small company and we have had a lot of deaths in our hospice family. In my work, I have