I became a nurse in 1996 with a strong ambition to become a hospice nurse. I found my voice there and worked very hard in all the departments to find my niche. I was a case manager, an admissions nurse then my niche was created to make client emergency visits for symptom management or family dynamics and/or teaching. I worked very well under client stress or family crisis. I was able to calm people on the phone or in person. I empowered family/caregivers in effectively managing patients care through verbal teaching and written instructions . I taught new nurses how to also deal with crisis and management of client/ caregiver symptoms. As our company switched from paper charting to computer charting I achieved the computer easily and assisted other coworkers on charting and trouble shooting. My niche as an "emergency" hospice nurse unfolded into an entire department that I managed and it eventually was called the triage department. This department was integral to the day to day workings of Hospice. I had acquired many skills and fine tuned my awareness during those years I worked at Hospice. Some examples of skills that I found that I was quite effective at was; problem solving, empathy, patience, teaching, understanding cultural beliefs, being a calming presence among chaos, consulting with doctors, pharmacists, and my coworkers. I owe much of the education I acquired from working every weekend as a visit nurse and then ultimately the Weekend Charge Nurse. Resources are reduced during the weekend so it involved a lot of problem solving with my fellow team members. I enjoy the multidisciplinary collaboration and I would constantly learn something. Always wanting to learn really motivated me to provide optimal patient care . I am experienced in several hospice nursing aspects plus maintaining strong leadership and relationship-building skills.
I started working here while I was a volunteer RN for the County's Emergency Response Team. The facility and staff was overrun by COVID and I volunteered for 3 weeks full time monitoring residents and managing symptoms. I reported frequently to hospice and to the residents doctors and their family members. I was hired primarily because of my background with hospice. I have the ability to be calm and help families that were distressed about their loved ones. We were able to place actively dying residents near the door where family were allowed to visit one at a time after COVID assessment was completed. Assisted family with Donning PPE Protective wear and instructed on washing hands prior and after visiting their loved one.
Now that the facility and staff are free of Covid, I am the floor RN for all the aides and assist with residents care needs and safety. Maintain the flow of information from the previous shifts to the current in regards to updating staff on residents independent needs and safety concerns. Collaborate with hospice and residents primary doctors with concerns of comfort and or safety. Manage residents medications and refills. Prepare and administer all narcotics as scheduled or assess for PRN usage.
A huge part of my physical recovery was due to receiving Craniosacral treatments fot the past three years. I am involved in taking courses and visiting clients in retirement settings to administer free treatments. It truly feeds me to help others feel better. While I enjoy giving treatments with this modality, hospice continues to be my passion. I do, however, desire to continue taking more classes to expand my techniques. I have continued to see clients in my home for treatments, however since COVID, I have put treatments on hold.
I attended College of Marin for 5 years with a full course load after becoming a single mother at the age of 26. At the time, I went to nursing school to have a career in Hospice after they had taken care of my dying mother. I was truly amazed with their care and their knowledge base. I knew I would go into nursing to work at Hospice when I received my degree.
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