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Why I Love Being a Hospice Aide

Every workday, I meet hospice patients who are in the final stage of their lives. Many realize that death is approaching, and they are frightened.  It’s my goal to make them feel a little less afraid and more like the

Helping Patients, Families Understand Benefits of Hospice

You never get a second chance to make a first impression.   As a hospice admissions nurse for Care Dimensions, I know this saying well because I live it every day.   Once someone with advanced illness has called us

Nurse and Patient: When Lives Intersect

In the early ‘80’s I was absolutely convinced that the only thing standing between life and death was me:  the trusty, capable and ever-vigilant bedside nurse in the critical care unit (CCU). I was like a sharp shooter with all

Shared Stories Bring Meaning, Joy at End of Life

Note: As we celebrate National Nurses Week (May 6 – 12), we’ve asked veteran nurse Trudy Miller to reflect on what drew her to nursing, why she chose hospice nursing, and what inspires her.   I love meeting people, and

Hospice CNA: Kindness Reaps Rewards

Everyone likes to be treated with kindness.   As a certified nursing assistant (CNA) for over a dozen years, I have helped people in Greater Boston who come from many different backgrounds: rich or poor; black or white; Christian or

Hospice Aide: Every Day is a Reward

I have been a certified nursing assistant (CNA) for 25 years, and a hospice aide at Care Dimensions for the past 10 years.  Every day is a reward for me because I get to help people who really need it.

Hospice Nurses Make ‘Regular Day’ Special for Patients

I recently got to accompany two of our hospice nurses on patient visits at long-term care facilities. It was a great morning.   One of our nurses was on the hunt for a solution to a patient’s personally owned high-tech

Hospice Nurse Residency Helped Me Achieve Life-long Dream

I always knew I wanted to be a nurse.  I put my dream on hold for family, but when the time was right, I left my mortgage industry job and entered nursing school.   When I wasn’t studying, I worked

4 Lessons I’ve Learned as a Hospice Nurse

After a short career teaching English to high school students with learning disabilities, I was lucky to stay home with my children when they were babies. When my youngest was a preschooler, I began researching new career and educational opportunities.

18 Lessons of a Hospice Massage Therapist

I started working as a hospice massage therapist over a year ago. Two hundred and sixty seven visits later, I am humbled by this work.   During my professional life as a massage therapist, many moments have touched my heart

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