My first experience with a hospice nurse was my teacher in high school. She coached me through my certified nursing assistant (CNA) certification. She was understanding and kind, emphasizing that my focus must always be on the patient and their family.
Today, I support hospice nurses with technology solutions. I credit learning what hospice actually is to my teacher in high school and to my other mentors educating the next generation.
My understanding of hospice was made possible by leaders who took the time to educate others, share their personal stories and demonstrate their passion for hospice. I am grateful for all the individuals who continue to advocate to make hospice care more accessible to families.
I’ve learned hospice is not a place, rather it’s a type of care that can happen in your home or other care settings. The philosophy is to keep the focus on living well during the time you have left.
Hospice care is not provided by just one person, but by a care team that meets all types of needs – spiritual, emotional and physical. The care team surrounds the patient as well as family members before and after death.
Hospice work is not easy, but it’s extremely rewarding. I believe the hospice benefit is invaluable. I want everyone to know hospice is an option to consider as you or a loved one approaches the end of life.
Emily is a solution marketing specialist at Netsmart. She is an inaugural member of the Next Generation Leadership Council for NHPCO (National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization). She has been working with hospice and palliative care providers for five years.
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