MERIDEN – Registered nurse Jan Louiselle has been named the new hospice nurse educator for Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care.
She has been a member of the hospice care team there since 2009. Before serving as a full-time hospice nurse, she worked for the agency per diem. She is a graduate of the Wilcox School of Nursing.
“I always wanted to be a hospice nurse,” said Ms. Louiselle. She said that she took different nursing positions, mostly in skilled nursing facilities, but had to stop providing bedside care after she was diagnosed with cancer.
On a drive to her work as a per diem nurse for Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care, it stuck her that as a full-time hospice nurse, she could also offer hospice education to staffs in long-term care facilities where the Franciscan agency has contracts.
“I heard myself say, ‘You are here; this is your dream,’” she said.
Franciscan Hospice Care, a program of Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care, is a philosophy of care for the terminally ill and their families. The staff offers holistic support to the person who is ill, family members,and friends. Visit www.franciscanhc.org for more information.