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Hospice and Nursing Roles During a Pandemic
By Meghan Anderson, MSW, LCSW


So what is it like to provide end of life care during a pandemic?  In the eyes of Gallagher Hospice nurses, it is caring as usual, and they are proud to be part of such meaningful work. 

The aim of Gallagher Hospice is to provide exceptional care to our patients and their families. In addition to clinical expertise, we listen to people’s needs.  During the pandemic this has mattered even more.  Families have been separated by quarantining, keeping safe physical distance, and by restrictions on visitors due to COVID-19 precautions.  This increases fears, isolation, and anxiety which may already be heightened at the end of life.  We look for ways to share joy while giving patients the care they need. 

Hear from our nurses what they like about being a hospice nurse, and specifically why they like working for Gallagher Hospice.

What I like about being a hospice nurse…
…“Is being there for families in the most precious and delicate time and aiding them when their loved one is dying.”
…“Providing support and education to patients and families to help them with one of the most difficult journeys in life”
…“The honor and privilege it is to be welcomed into patient’s lives at such a difficult time”
…“Changing people’s preconception of dying and death and the word hospice”
…“Making the dying process easier to understand with education, caring and support.   To make this time in life just a little easier.”

Why I like working at Gallagher Hospice...
…“The support we have at all levels from the owners and physicians to my nursing peers and aides
…“The awesome group of co-workers that I am honored to work with.  Our main focus is centered around our patients and families”
…“The support from managers and co-workers, we are truly a team”
…“Gallagher Hospice is a family working together to provide the best possible care for our patients.”
…”Working at Gallagher Hospice has been the most rewarding because of the support from everyone from the owner to the officer staff to my fellow employees.  It feels like a family more than a place of employment and  I am proud to be a part of the Gallagher family”

Are you looking to work for a great hospice company who's growing every day? Excited about a patient & family centered culture? Then come join Gallagher Hospice! We are looking for a few GREAT people to join our team of professionals. If you are a compassionate, caring, registered nurse then Gallagher Hospice is the place for you!

Meghan Anderson is Executive Director of Gallagher Hospice. For more information, visit www.gallagherhhs.com.

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