About Jackie


As a hospice nurse, I have watched many people pass through that sacred moment we call death. I have seen families and friends provide grace and comfort. I have watched the struggles and concerns that surround the precious last days and moments at the end of life. I have some ideas on how to have important conversations that can make this transition more serene and more meaningful.

As a four-year-old child I survived open heart surgery. That experiHead shots 041ence showed me the power of caregivers. Within days of turning sixteen, I began my own career in medical care as a nursing assistant. After graduating from Bryan Memorial School of Nursing in Lincoln, Nebraska, I worked in numerous areas of care including urology, ophthalmology, chemotherapy, intensive care and cardiac rehab. I have worked in home health IV therapy and as a private duty pediatric care provider. I found my calling as a hospice case manager and a certified hospice palliative nurse.

 

My 30-plus year career has taken me to various parts of the United States, Africa and Latin America.  Each position placed me in hospitals and home settings that brought me face-to-face with disease processes which were taking people’s lives from them.

When I’m not working, writing or speaking, I enjoy relaxing at home with my pet and nurturing the ground my home sits on. I’m also a woodworker and have great fun drawing the stick figures that pop up every now and then in my work. My world has been shaped by my faith values which convince me life and death is sacred.

To follow my thoughts, visit my blog.

 

 

 

 

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