Local Hospice Nurse Recognized for Outstanding Care

Hospice care provides comfort, not only to patients, but also to families of patients who are terminally ill. One nurse providing this care, Ginger Hayes, knows first-hand how hospice care can affect someone’s life. “The genuine care and compassion that comes from caring for a hospice patient is such a blessing. I find it so rewarding to be there for them and their family, helping to provide comfort at the end of life’s journey,” says Ginger.

Ginger, a nurse of 32 years, has worked in many fields of nursing. For the last 18 years, Ginger has been employed with Visiting Nurses Association in Douglas County. During this time, hospice patients and family members have grown to know Ginger and the excellent care that she provides. This professional standard of caring has made Ginger become an honorary member of several families in which she has served. Ginger’s patients are not the only ones who have taken notice of her servitude.

Recently, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice selection committee chose Ginger to represent the state of Kansas as one of the Top 50 home care and hospice nurses in 2013. The recognition came as a surprise to Ginger, but not to her Visiting Nurses’ family. “Ginger personifies the Visiting Nurses’ mission to provide excellent community-based care. We are so proud she was selected to represent the state of Kansas for this very special recognition,” says Cynthia Lewis, C.E.O. of Visiting Nurses.

To Ginger, this means more than acknowledgment of a job well done. It means that she is helping to provide quality of life, not quantity; peace of mind for her patients and their family members; and dignity at such an important and meaningful time. It means a feeling of gratitude to her patients for allowing her to be a part of their last passage in life. To Ginger, this recognition is an affirmation of her calling, one that has led her to help so many patients in their last time of need.

Ginger Hayes visits with a patient after a routine home care visit.  Photo by Earl Richardson

Ginger Hayes visits with a patient after a routine home care visit. Photo by Earl Richardson by Lori McSorley

Tagged: Visiting Nurses, Ginger Hayes, HAHC, National Associaton for Home Care adn Hospice, Hospice Care, Home Care, Hospice Nurse, Top 50 Nurses

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