I'm a 'second career' nurse, earning my Registered Nurse in 1997. Since then I've worked to alleviate pain and suffering, in hospitals, clinics, & homes.

I was accepted into the New Graduate Training Program at Stanford Healthcare and worked there from 1998-2007. First in the Orthopaedics floor in hospital, then as part of Stanford Home Health, and then as the Nurse Coordinator for the Orthopaedic Spine Center.

I moved back home to Oregon and did Hospice work for over a decade. First for Willamette Vital  Health (formerly Willamette Valley Hospice), and then Lumina. This work inspired me to record an interview with StoryCorps, and to give a TEDx Talk called Life and Death Matters as the closing speaker for the inaugural TEDxSalem event in late 2013.

In December 2018 I began working at Timberhill Place, the best Assisted Living Community in town!

Five years later, feeling undeniable heart tugs, I moved back to my true calling: working in Hospice & Palliative Care. Back at Lumina in January 2024, I began working with referral sources and patients & families; educating and coordinating, two of my strengths and passions.

I have first-hand experience in helping people utilize Oregon's Medical Aid in Dying law. I am and always will be a staunch advocate for patient's rights and the role of Nurses in this arena. I was glad to use my voice to help in a NY Times article. I'm also a Story Teller for Compassion & Choices and was honored to participate as a panelist and co-faculty at the first annual National Clinicians Conference on Medical Aid in Dying. In July of 2020 I also had the privilege of being interviewed for an article in the American Journal of Nursing

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