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. ...
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. ...
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. ...
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. ...
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. ...
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. ...
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...
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. ...
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. ...
Posted on September 5, 2017 by Patricia Ahern, RN, MBA, FACHE
Hospice nurses bring comfort to patients at end of life. I recently got to accompany two of our hospice nurses on patient visits at long-term care facilities. It was a great morning. ...