Employee Story

VIDANT HOSPICE - A Nurse’s Story

RN Case Manager - Home Health & Hospice

“It’s an intimate time in a family’s life, and to be involved in that is a great honor.”

Compassion, first and foremost

Jessica Woolard had no idea that she would end up as a hospice nurse. But when the opportunity presented itself, she jumped at the chance to learn more about the world of palliative care. That would turn out to be one of the most rewarding decisions of her life. Serving Vidant Home Health & Hospice patients through their most difficult days—that is her calling.

A demanding honor

After settling in eastern North Carolina, a Vidant recruiter set Woolard on her current career path. Hospice care is not an easy field, emotionally or in terms of the time commitment it requires. “But, it’s rewarding,” she says. “It’s an intimate time in a family’s life, and to be involved in that is a great honor.” The one-on-one time she spends with her patients—meeting their needs in their own home—is the best part of a job that requires deep reserves of compassion.

“It’s pretty much a family.”

A solid relationship between the various staff members involved in a hospice patient’s care is vital. Woolard notes that the teams she works with act as an indispensable support system—an important aspect of her Vidant experience. She knows that she can count on her colleagues to rally around her and the patients they serve together. It’s part of the Vidant culture to go above and beyond, to compassionately care for patients and their families on their most difficult days— and that’s what keeps her at Vidant. “They are always willing to do what’s right for the patient and the family,” she says. “That’s the biggest reason I continue to work for Vidant.”

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