Celebrating Nurses | Barbara Jacobsen

Hospice of the Midwest is celebrating nurses during the Month of May! Meet Barbara and learn about her passion for nursing as she explains her “why.”

“I chose nursing simply because I love people, especially the geriatric community. I have a lot of prior experience with long-term care, and hospice always caught my eye when experiencing it in those settings. When I finally graduated nursing school, I knew I wanted to be a hospice nurse.

A friend talked to me about this company, and I decided to give it a go. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Hospice is hard because you know your patient’s end result; however, you create a bond with them and their family that is indescribable, and still talk to many of the families.  

With hospice, you get a lot of one-on-one time with your patient, so you truly get to know them as a person. You aren’t supposed to become attached, but this is impossible. We are with these people at their most vulnerable times and guiding families through each step of the way, and attachments happen, on both ends. In most other nursing settings, you do not get the opportunity to create these bonds. 

I continue to thrive in this company because I have people around me who support and encourage. They give constructive criticism when necessary & help find solutions.”