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The Ledger: Hospice Nurse Provides Comfort to Patients, Families in Lakeland

Nurses who gravitate toward hospice care are deeply empathetic and highly motivated. It’s not a job for someone fresh out of nursing school, because it takes life experience to connect with dying patients and their families.

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As a girl, Lisa Maxwell often wondered why her mother didn’t seek a different job. Why would anyone choose the anguish that comes with being a hospice nurse? “She’d come home some days and be sad and tearful,” Maxwell says. “I totally understand it now, but at the time I was like, ‘Mom, you’re a hospice nurse. They’re all going to pass.’

“She’d come home some days and be sad and tearful,” Maxwell says. “I totally understand it now, but at the time I was like, ‘Mom, you’re a hospice nurse. They’re all going to pass.’

“But now I get it.”

To learn more about what it takes to be a hospice nurse, click here.