SJR State’s “visiting professor” lecture series continues with Hospice nurses
Science and health care students on the Palatka campus welcomed Hospice nurses as part of the College’s “visiting professors” series, a program created by the SJR State science department to give students substantial exposure and insight into an array of topics vital to their majors.
Students had an opportunity to engage in conversation with Hospice nurses representing Bailey Center and the Community Hospice and Palliative Care. A wealth of information about specialized end-of-life care for adults and children, as well as a variety of support services for loved ones, was shared. In addition to providing routine and continuous home care, Community Hospice and Palliative Care also provides certified music therapy and certified pet therapy.
According to SJR State’s science professors, bringing in working professionals who possess advanced knowledge in a particular subject not only enriches and broadens the students’ understanding and experience, it also helps them understand our interconnected, globalized world.
SJR State student Emily Norrey, has been a licensed practical nurse (LPN) for 11 years and formerly worked as a hospice nurse. She said she would like to run her own hospice unit one day. For now, Norrey is working her way into the College’s RN program. When asked what her biggest takeaway from the hospice presentation was, Norrey said, “To focus on my education and learn, listen and be open to new experiences, and to get as much experience and knowledge that I can so that I can give back to the community and help people.”
This is no goal that Norrey takes lightly. In 2003, she lost her 8-year-old son to juvenile diabetes “that was never initially diagnosed,” she explained. “It’s because of him I’ve become a nurse. Through my hands, he lives. He touches people every day through my hands.”
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