Voices of Care

Getting Ahead with Education Benefits at Care Dimensions

Posted on March 5, 2019 by Lisa Conti

Education benefits such as tuition reimbursement, scholarships, and discounted tuition help Care Dimensions employees attain their academic goals. ...

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Learning From Hospice Patients on Their End-of-Life Journey

Posted on December 6, 2018 by Anna Chon, MD

One reason I chose to become a family physician was the opportunity to know my patients as people, to learn from their lives, to discover their values, and to help them achieve their goals. I have since realized that I can best learn about and care for people by helping control their pain and suffering as a hospice and palliative care physician. ...

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Why I Love Being a Hospice Aide

Posted on August 3, 2018 by Cindy Berry, CHPNA

Every workday, I meet hospice patients who are in the final stage of their lives. It’s my goal to make them feel a little less afraid and more like the people they were before they became ill. I make people happy as they near death, and if I can make them laugh, that to me is worth more than money. ...

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Hospice Nurse Residency Helped Me Achieve Life-long Dream

Posted on July 17, 2018 by Katelyn Lowe, RN

The residency gave me additional classroom and in-the-field training I would need to become a hospice nurse. At first, I was nervous that I didn’t have all the right skills, but my fears were quickly put to rest when I realized that Care Dimensions would teach me all I needed to know to ensure my success. ...

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Helping Patients, Families Understand Benefits of Hospice

Posted on May 30, 2018 by Kitty Cunningham, RN

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. As a hospice admissions nurse for Care Dimensions, I know this saying well because I live it every day. Once someone with advanced illness has called us to explore the hospice option, our admissions team assigns a registered nurse to visit him or her. For my patients, I am the first company representative they meet, so I need to establish a good relationship immediately. ...

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Nurse and Patient: When Lives Intersect

Posted on May 9, 2018 by Patricia Ahern, RN, MBA, FACHE

In the early ‘80’s I was absolutely convinced that the only thing standing between life and death was me: the trusty, capable and ever-vigilant bedside nurse in the critical care unit (CCU). I was like a sharp shooter with all the equipment – fearless and cocky, as only a rookie critical care nurse can be. People called us angels in the CCU because of the intensity of care and high-wire between life and death. ...

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Shared Stories Bring Meaning, Joy at End of Life

Posted on May 4, 2018 by Trudy Miller, RN, CHPN

I love meeting people, and my job as a hospice nurse connects me with people from all walks of life, in the final stages of life. I have learned that every single hospice patient has a story. Although the stories can be vastly different, at the end of life, there is joy in the stories of a life well lived. ...

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Hospice CNA: Kindness Reaps Rewards

Posted on April 12, 2018 by Guerline Dorvelus, CNA

Hospice aide Guerline Dorvelus: "Every day at work, my kindness pays me back with the rewarding feeling of appreciation."Everyone likes to be treated with kindness.As a certified nursing assistant (CNA) for over a dozen years, I have helped people in Greater Boston who come from many different backgrounds: rich or poor; black or white; Christian or Jewish.I see them when they are unable to do thi...

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4 Lessons I’ve Learned as a Hospice Nurse

Posted on November 3, 2017 by Molly Polansky, RN

While I enjoyed teaching as a career, I discovered that nursing had a lot to offer me: new knowledge and new ways to help people. I love being a hospice nurse. It is a dynamic and energizing career! Since joining Care Dimensions as a hospice nurse in September 2015, I’ve learned some important lessons that I’d like to share with anyone who may be considering a career in hospice or palliative care. ...

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Hospice Aide: Every Day is a Reward

Posted on September 20, 2017 by Elena Connelly, CNA

I have been a certified nursing assistant (CNA) for 25 years, and a hospice aide at Care Dimensions for the past 10 years. Every day is a reward for me because I get to help people who really need it. I knew from an early age that I would devote my life to helping others. I had a traumatic experience that shaped who I am, and only recently have I been able to share it. ...

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