Continuing our celebration of nursing excellence, today we hear from two team members that represent our home care and hospice service lines.

The call of Sentara Home Care and hospice nurses

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Continuing our celebration of nursing excellence, today we hear from two team members that represent our home care and hospice service lines. 

Tabitha Cothran, RN in our Harrisonburg hospice office and Karen Dozier, RN in our North Carolina home health office tell us why they became a nurse and what they love most about it.
 
Tabitha Cothran, RN

I had a wonderful, caring nurse about fifteen years ago when I was a patient at UVA. After that, I decided I wanted to be able to help others the way she helped me. She made quite an impression on me over the course of my stay there, and I will never forget her. The thing I love most about nursing is the connection you establish between yourself and the patient as well as their family. As a hospice nurse, I see people during some of the most difficult times in their lives. Being able to walk with them on that journey and provide comfort and support during that time is very rewarding.
 
Karen Dozier, RN

I decided to pursue a career in nursing because I wanted something I could do that would be challenging, rewarding, and flexible. I wanted to be able to make a difference in another person’s life. In home health, you deal with many aspects of patient care, and I enjoy the variety of my assignments. I get great satisfaction investing my time enriching the lives of others. I love nursing because it is a profession that never stops giving. You learn new things every day and the opportunity for growth is unlimited.