I have been with Hospice of the Midwest since June of 2019, but I have worked in long-term care for most of my 22-year nursing career. My long-term care nursing career actually started in high school working as a dietary aide, and in my early years of college I decided to get my CNA.
I knew my hearts was always in geriatrics. After becoming an RN, I often worked with declining patients as a Charge Nurse, suggesting hospice services as needed. I did not hesitate having these conversations with families about the progression of their disease. From there, I furthered my education by receiving my BSN from Grand View and continued to have encounters with hospice as my career advanced. I watched the difference the hospice nurses were able to make in their patients’ lives.
It was then I realized how special Hospice of the Midwest was, and was excited to have my foot in the door when they offered me a PRN position, that quickly lead to full time. I’ve loved every minute of it since. When they say, “surround yourself with good people who are positive and nurturing,” I feel this is the culture here. I go home each day with a sense of reward and accomplishment, and love caring for our patients and families.
I also love the mission and value of Hospice of the Midwest. The company appreciates employees’ hard work, while offering support and encouragement. I am proud to be a part of an organization who treats end-of-life so compassionately. We are a tight-knit group who comes together like a quilted tapestry.