CEO of NVNA and Hospice and the Pat Roche Hospice Home
120 Longwater Drive, Norwell 781-659-2342 nvna.org
What inspired you to pursue a career in nursing/healthcare?
I was always fascinated by science, in particular anatomy and physiology. I considered a science major in college and then quickly realized I had a passion for counseling peers about health and wellness. Nursing as a career, made the most sense. I have never looked back and continue to be so proud of my profession.
What is one thing you would like people to know
about palliative care?
Palliative care is all about symptom management and the patient’s goals of care. It can be given at any point during a serious or chronic illness. It does not mean that patients have to stop receiving curative care. All hospice care is palliative but not all palliative care is hospice.
What keeps you motivated?
I am always motivated by our patients and families. How can you not be inspired by people who are trusting us to help keep them comfortable and safe during their precious final days? The strength and commitment of our staff also inspires me; their passion for our mission shows in our 5-star patient satisfaction scores.
What aspect of your job gives you the most satisfaction?
My best days are when someone tells me how big a difference our team made for them. I am also so proud that the Pat Roche Hospice Home in Hingham offers so much peace and comfort, allowing patients to die a dignified death. There is really no place like it.