December 3rd, 2007

Three registered nurses at Great River Hospice recently passed an examination to become certified hospice and palliative care nurses. The nurses are Ann Russell, Burlington; Joyce Stover, Mediapolis; and Diane Wykert, Wapello.

Hospice and palliative care both focus on patients’ comfort by addressing issues causing physical, emotional or spiritual pain, or suffering. The goals of palliative care are to improve quality of life and to support patients and their families. Certification validates an individual nurse’s competence and knowledge in the specialized area of hospice and palliative care.

“This is another big step in promoting quality end-of-life care in our community,” said Chris Oleson, Director of Great River Hospice. “Nurses must have two years of end-of-life care experience before they can take the examination. This certification is a recognized standard in the hospice profession.”

Five other Great River Hospice nurses have already received the certification. They are Sherry Anderson, Mediapolis; Bev Felland and Janelle McGuire, Burlington; Oleson, West Burlington; and Kay Overton, Wayland, Iowa.

Great River Hospice, a service of Great River Medical Center, serves patients and families in Des Moines, Henry, Lee and Louisa counties. Offices are located at 1306 Washington Rd., West Burlington, and 501 S. White, Suite 24, Mt. Pleasant.