Maui Corner- Get to know our Maui team
Posted on February 5, 2020
How long have you worked at Islands Hospice?
Four years and seven months.
What do you do at Islands Hospice?
I am a registered nurse for Islands Hospice. I primarily oversee the care of patients in West and Central Maui. I am responsible for managing my patients’ care by assessing their needs on a weekly basis, managing any symptoms that may arise and collaborating with our medical director to make sure our patients are effectively managed.
Describe a typical workday
I start my day off by first helping families that need to get their loved ones off to daycare. I then make my way to the remainder of my patients. My load can range from three to six scheduled visits a day. Visits vary depending on patient load at the time as well as any PRN visits that are needed. I make sure to do a full head to toe assessment of each patient, collaborate with caregivers on any concerns if the patient is unable to speak for him or herself, review medications and their effects, provide any personal care and companionship needed. I also pick up medications for families on the West side that are unable to as we do not have a delivery system on that side.
What is your favorite part about working at Islands Hospice?
The relationships that I am able to form with my families, helping to put my patients and their families at ease knowing I am there to make sure they are comfortable.
Do you have any special memories from your time working here?
There are many special memories I have had over the course of working for hospice. I can’t say there’s one specific story that stands out the most. I have enjoyed bonding with all of my patients, learning about who they are, having them share stories and photos of their past memories, and being able to help them repair relationships and come together as a family at such a vulnerable time.
Where did you grow up? What is your background?
I was born and raised here on the island of Maui. I attended college at the young age of 17. In the midst of establishing my career, there were multiple times I had to put it on hold as I had a few children in between, one who was sick and needed a lot of surgeries. Despite all the hurdles, at the age of 24, I graduated with honors from the University of Hawaii Maui College with my associate’s degree in nursing and liberal arts. I started my nursing career working in the ICU for a few years. I then moved on to urgent care, home health and am currently working in hospice which I have been doing for almost five years.
What inspired you to work at Islands Hospice?
I can’t say there’s anything specific in my background that inspired me. I chose hospice as I wanted to be able to expand my knowledge on a different area of nursing.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love spending time with my kids, going to the beach and working out.
Is there anything else you want to share with your fellow colleagues?
Hospice truly takes a special kind of nurse. I am honored to be given the opportunity to continue to fill this special role.