Kristi Rice, RN at The Denver Hospice, is the winner of the November Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty. She was nominated by Jamie Weatherly who had the following to say about why she nominated Kristi.
Kristi Rice is a new hospice nurse. But, when you have what it takes, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been doing this 3 months or 15 years. She knows her patient’s needs and how to care for them, going above and beyond what is expected, definitely above what I’ve seen in my hospice career. Kristi assumed cares for a patient with COPD. This patient lives alone, has no connections with anyone. This patient has been fearful and distrustful of anyone. Yesterday, Kristi made her routine visit. She had tried calling the patient several times to let this lady know she was coming, with no luck reaching her on the cell phone, this patient’s only connection to help. When Kristi arrived, this patient said that her phone quit working 2 days ago. This patient had no way of calling anybody, including any emergency services if needed. Kristi personally went to the patient’s mobile carrier store and had the phone fixed, spending over 2 hours getting this taken care of so this patient could call for assistance if needed. Anyone who has worked in hospice knows how little spare time there is in a day. Kristi took 2 additional hours out of her day to make sure this patient had a way to seek help if needed. This is just a very small example of what she has done in a very short time as a hospice nurse. But again, when you have the heart to do this work, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been a hospice caregiver. Kristi has the heart for this job. She was able to restore trust in a patient that was scared to trust anybody. That in itself speaks volumes
Jamie Weatherly, RN
The Denver Hospice
Recipients of the monthly Caregiver Award will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.
In addition, each year the Caregiver of the Year is announced at a banquet honoring the twelve monthly winners. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.
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