VNSNY and Women’s History Month

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March has been a big month for VSNY on Facebook. It’s Women’s History Month and we celebrated our founder, Lillian Wald’s 147th birthday on March 10th. Here are our top three posts:

Which post if your favorite?

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Facebook Roundup: Top 3 Inspirational Quotations

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These are three of my favorite inspirational quotations.

Do you have any favorite quotations?

Weekly Facebook Roundup for January 12, 2014

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Here are the top posts for the week. Which was your favorite?

Facebook Roundup for Giving Tuesday

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This past week was Giving Tuesday and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York promoted some of the amazing programs that are funded directly from generous donations. Here is a roundup of some of those posts:

How did you spend Giving Tuesday?

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Patient Visit: Receiving Hospice for Almost a Year

stav September 10th, 2013, 8:00 AM
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stroke_careNew Yorkers seem to resist hospice. Only 18% of New York City residents take advantage of hospice services, compared to 22% in New York State and 40% in the United States. It’s hard for anyone – doctors included – to have the end-of-life discussion. Doctors need to determine that a patient has less than six  months to live in order for hospice services to be available.

For Gerry, hospice has not been an end; it has been part of his life for over a year. After a debilitating stroke, Gerry declined…

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Patient Visit: Caring for his Mom with Liver Cancer

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caregiver2We woke him up when we arrived, well after 10 am, but it’s no surprise he needs to sleep in. Victor is 25-years-old, works at night and finds it hard to sleep because he is constantly checking on his mom who is dying of liver cancer.

Victor told me how quickly her decline had been and how she was so full of energy and life just a short time ago. Then, the last time she went to the hospital for an emergency and before she was released, VNSNY’s hospice team approached Victor…

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Talent for End-of-Life Care

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hospice_nurse2Dahlia’s experience with her mother’s passing influenced her to become a hospice nurse. She came to New York City and got a job with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, a job she loves. She left briefly to work at another hospice and, after one day, knew she wanted to be back with VNSNY. She called her old boss who welcomed her with open arms, because in just that one day, she was already missed terribly.

When I had asked VNSNY blogger and hospice manager, Vince Corso, if he knew of…

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Taking Care of Mom Inspired Her to be a Nurse

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hospice_nurse3I was honored to meet Dahlia Nichols, a VNSNY hospice nurse who has been with the company for many years. I followed her around for a day within her service area – Washington Heights in Upper Manhattan – and I learned so much about how hospice and end-of-life care.

Dahlia Nichols’s mom always thought she would be a great nurse, but Dahlia resisted. She was widowed and had two small children. Nursing school was not in her future.

She was living with her mom in upstate New York when her mom got sick.…

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Facebook Chat Supporting Caregivers

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On June 27th, we had our first, live Facebook chat on https://www.facebook.com/vnsny about dealing with the stresses associated with caregiving. VNSNY’s Director of the Family Caregiver Support Program, Judy Santamaria, posted typical questions that point to caregiver stress and gave advice on how to spot trouble and solve problems.

For our first question, we asked: How are you sleeping? Is your sleep broken up because your loved on is wandering around at night?

Judy: It’s very common for family caregivers, especially those caring for someone with dementia, to struggle with getting a good…

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A Day in the Life of Jennifer Morales: Part 5

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francesca1Jennifer’s final stop for the morning was to visit a long-term patient who has Neuromyolitis Optica (NMO), a degenerative disorder that is similar to multiple sclerosis but it attacks the spine rather than the brain. Patients diagnosed with NMO usually live no more than 5 years after diagnosis, and Francesca P. was diagnosed five years ago. The disease has taken its toll. She’s now blind in both eyes and is a quadriplegic. Additionally, she developed two pressure ulcers as a result of chemotherapy treatment – part of the treatment regimen for the disease.…

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