South Shore Visiting Nurse Association
Hospice of the South Shore
The first time Janet, RN, went trick-or-treating as a four-year-old, she was dressed up as a nurse. Today, as a nurse with more than 25 years of experience, she’s still knocking on doors as a nurse with Hospice of the South Shore and the South Shore VNA.
Janet has a unique perspective as a hospice nurse. Two years after graduating from Boston College with a BSN in 1981, she began working in the newly formed hospice nursing program at United Community Services in Norwich, Connecticut, one of the first hospice programs in that region.
“I was there at the inception,” says Janet, “it was an exciting time working with doctors, chaplains, nurses and volunteers to develop a brand-new nursing concept for the area.” It was 1983.
Janet moved back to the South Shore in 1991 and began working as a case manager for hospice and the VNA during the day and some weekends. Ten years ago, she took a weekend night nurse position where she was on-call Friday and Saturday nights to make home visits.
“I have become very comfortable with knocking on the door of someone I’ve never met before at three o’clock in the morning,” Janet says. Before she leaves on a visit, she now can pull up a patient’s chart on her computer and review current medications and medical history.
Recently, Janet resumed working as a case manager during the day while continuing her weekend nights.
“Doing the weekend nights fits in well with my family life,” she says, “but case management means continual relationships with patients and their families because of the regular visits. Not every visit is a crisis.”
She dreams that one day patients will be able to receive hospice care in an inpatient hospice home on the South Shore. Still, home care is Janet’s joy. “Every day I love what I do,” she says. “And as a bonus, I get paid for it.”
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