Today’s blog will be a little different. This time it is about me. I rarely do this. I have been practicing nursing for more than 20 years and am taking a significant step toward fulfilling one of my professional goals.
I will be embracing the role of a hospice and palliative care nurse. Just part time, Gentle Readers- I know there are those who need help navigating their next course here on earth! And that is still a calling I need to fill.
This is such a meaningful step for me and for ElderCompass. For years, I have worked alongside hospice professionals who give of themselves and share one of the most intimate experiences we have here on earth. Now I get to share too and anticipate doing what comes completely naturally to me.
Some may cringe, some may say “yes!”, I myself say- finally. I will learn what I am made of and will be blessed by shepherding loving dads, moms, sisters, aunts, best friends and neighbors to their next experience as only they will know it. Hospice care gives people the a chance to have those last conversations, to be comfortable, and surrounded by loved ones as they transition.
Please see this definition for hospice and palliative care:
“…compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury, hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes. Support is provided to the patient’s loved ones as well. At the center of hospice and palliative care is the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our families will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so.”
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