One Foot In Heaven, Journey of a Hospice Nurse
Heidi Telpner, R.N.
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
People die everyday. While most people in America die in a hospital, many families choose hospice for end of life care. Death, as experienced by hospice nurses, can be beautiful, peaceful, humorous, touching, tragic, disturbing, and even otherworldly. Hospice nurses act as midwives to dying people every day. Death transforms not just the patient and family, but the hospice nurse as well. The stories in this book are presented with the hope that their transformation extends to you, too. Heidi Telpner, R.N.
Great book about hospice
As a RN myself, I identified with the author's time in critical care, and I've always been fascinated with the stories from hospice nurses. During my BSN clinical assignments, I spent a semester with a VA hospice organization in the Bronx and enjoyed the nurses and patients. The book, 'Final Gifts', was recommended by one of the hospice nurses and meant a lot to me. Later, I became an oncology nurse practitioner so I was on the treatment end and rarely dealt with hospice.
I thoroughly enjoyed Heidi's writing style and sense of humor. Couldn't stop reading it. Thanks for such an insightful book. I also agree with your husband about Everest, Mt Hood or Mt Rainier are much more practical, LOL. Can't wait to read your novel!
Wow, what an incredible book!!! Should be a recommended or required read for anyone facing their own demise or that of a family member! (All of us)
Having faced death on several occasions, I agree with her premise (promise) that in the end that at a certain time in the experience, coming back to this life after being close to death is one of the hardest things you may ever have to do. I speak from an experience when I was 18 years old and was found on the side of the road in a blizzard in Iowa. I recall vividly how angry I was at the hospital when I was revived. BTW I am now 73 and am an ordained member of the clergy!
Once a person has had a near death experience, one will never fear death again! "Death, Where is your sting?"
A Hospice Nurse remembers
As a retired nurse with over 50 years of my own nursing experiences to savor, I thoroughly appreciated Heidi Telpner's honest, frank and compassionate book. My only suggestion to assist other persons considering hospice care for themselves or their loved ones is to affirm that hospice care can be provided to patients in most nursing homes and many hospitals as well as via home care. Knowing that these options are available through hospice agencies with expenses covered by Medicare may ease anxiety for family members who might otherwise be overwhelmed by the burden of caring for their dying loved one in the home setting.