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Fresh 102.5 and Health Care Family Credit union want to recognize the women who have made life pleasant in the doctor’s office, hospitals, nursing homes and clinics!

We would like to salute Nancy Nevlind, from Hospice.
Steph Duran nominated Nancy.

Here’s what Nancy had to say about herself:

I attended Lewis and Clark Community College right after high school and became an RN in 1998.  I returned to school 5 years later and graduated with my BSN in 2005. I have always wanted to be a nurse. I was one of those kids who had the play stethoscope and bandaged up my dolls.  I did explore other possibilities for a career (at the insistence of my parents).  But I always came back to nursing.   I’ve served in many capacities since becoming a nurse.  And quite frankly have enjoyed them all.  That’s the great thing about nursing.  You can explore so many corners (and sometimes sink holes!) and plant yourself where ever you think you’ll thrive.  

Why Hospice?  Honestly when I first started hospice a few years ago, I did it pretty much against my will.  I was hired for a job and ended up being asked to ‘fill in’ until they found someone else to do it.  I thought to myself, “how depressing!  I do not want to care for these poor dieing people!”.  Little did I know at that time that I was about to find the love of my career.  I love the fact that I can be one on one with my patient’s and there is not a call light going off in the background.  I can be totally present with that patient and family and give them the attention that they deserve.  I also like the holistic approach to hospice nursing.  When I visit a patient, I am not just assessing the physical aspect of the patient.  There are always emotional and spiritual components involved as well.  

Terminal illness is an overwhelming and unfair fact of many people’s lives.  Nobody wants to make the decision to sign onto hospice.  But the brave souls that have endured the diagnosis and sometimes years of grueling treatment deserve to have the option of compassionate comfort care at the end of life.  I am overwhelmingly honored to be able to provide this.  My goal when I arrive at a patient’s home is to not only to leave them more comfortable physically, but also leave them feeling just a little bit more okay with what is happening to them.   Being able to help that patient transition from shock or anger about dieing , to acceptance and peace is such a gift!

I’m so blessed to be able to do what I do!

Listen to the interview below!


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