Join us in congratulating Clinical Resource Nurse, Liz Brown for earning her Certified Hospice & Palliative Care certification!
The certification helps Liz anticipate patient needs and provide a higher level of care at end-of-life.
My name is Liz Brown. I began working at Community Hospice & Palliative Care as a float RN. Later, I became an RN Clinical Manager for Northside and Nassau, and earlier this year, I became a Clinical Resource Nurse. I have been with Community for four years.
Even fresh out of nursing school, I wanted to work for Community Hospice & Palliative Care, but I needed a year of experience. So I worked in the ER for several years before finally finding my home. With Community Hospice & Palliative Care, I can show my sensitive side and help people through difficult times in their lives. When someone thanks me, I let them know that it has been my pleasure to be with them. I thank them for allowing me to help them through this journey. At some point in our lives, most of us will need the services Community Hospice provides. I am glad I get to experience this intimate time with our patients and their families.
While studying for my certification exam, I was able to fill the gaps in my understanding of disease processes and the rationale between symptoms and treatments. I was better able to understand the reasoning for changes made in patient care, why we prescribe certain medications, and the signs that accompany those changes.
With this information, I feel I can better anticipate what the patient may experience, helping them prepare while providing them with the greatest comfort. With my understanding of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical treatments, I can better anticipate the medications a provider will order and prepare the patients for any potential side effects.
I cannot imagine myself doing anything but hospice care; I look forward to growing as a nurse while I continue my journey.