Suz Bristlin

Celebrating The Vital Role Of Hospice Certified Nursing Assistants In Caring For Patients

It is National Nursing Assistants Week, a time to celebrate the professional contributions of certified nursing assistants (CNAs) in providing high-quality care to patients. Hospice of the Red River Valley CNAs work with patients to provide individualized care based on each person’s preferences. Hospice CNAs help patients with personal care needs, including feeding, bathing assistance,…
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A Letter to My Dad

A Letter To My Dad On Father’s Day

by Janna Benson Kontz, MDiv Father’s Day is a day of grilling out, fishing, boating—doing all the things we love to do with our dads. If our dad isn’t into those things, or if we’re unable to be with our dad, it might be a day filled with phone calls or FaceTime. That is, if…
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Refocusing Hope

Refocusing Hope At The End Of Life’s Journey

by Jenna Miosek, RN The poet Emily Dickinson wrote, “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all …” Although hope may look different than expected at the end of life’s journey, it doesn’t have an end point. A common concern…
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Mothers Day Musings

Mother’s Day Musings

by Connie DeKrey “Dad, may I skate down to the grocery store with Susie, please?” “Go ask your mother.” Perhaps for most of us, this was a common exchange when we were growing up. How many questions we must have asked our mothers during the course of a day (let alone throughout the years, and…
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2017 Nurses Week

A Calling To Care: Celebrating National Nurses Week

It is National Nurses Week, May 6-12, a time to celebrate the professional contributions of nurses in delivering the highest level of care to patients. Hospice nurses take on a critical role in caring for terminally ill patients and their families. Comfort is a hospice nurse’s primary focus and advocating for patients is always their…
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