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Author Archives: Meg Cunningham

Finding Peace and Comfort Through Hospice

Born and raised in Clarksville, TN, Elizabeth Armstrong is no stranger to death. After all, she grew up in a funeral home, which was the family business. She chuckled through a sweet southern accent, “We had a flower shop and ambulance service, when someone died, people came to us because we were a one stop shop.” After three marriages and…

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Providing Care During COVID-19

Hailing from New Jersey, Naomi Lane is a snowbird who has a love of travel and like most, had plans to travel abroad this year. But also, like everyone else, her plans were derailed by COVID-19. “I was supposed to travel to Japan this summer,” Naomi chuckled. “The pandemic changed a lot.” Life also took an additional unexpected turn when…

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Celebrate Black History Month

  February is Black History Month, and we are recognizing Black nurses who are pioneers and trail blazers in the field. One of Betty Smith Williams’, DrPH, RN, FAAN, most groundbreaking achievements was co-founding the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) in 1971 of which she has served as president. NBNA’s mission is to provide a forum for collective action by…

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Sounds of Gratitude

By Mabel Ortiz, MM, MT-BC, Music Therapist For many, the month of November is the start of a season of holidays and festivities. November is also known to be the month when we gather and celebrate with grateful hearts. But having an attitude of gratitude should not only be reserved for a season; it should also be cherished throughout the year,…

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Connecting Caregivers with Local Resources at VNA’s Caregiver Conference

The Visiting Nurse Association’s (VNA) award-winning Caregiver Conference is returning to First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach on Tuesday, April 2 from 9:00am – 12:00pm. The free event will be held at 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach. Space is limited, so attendees must RSVP in advance at www.vnatc.com/care or call 772-978-5515. VNA’s Caregiver Conference will highlight healthcare and…

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Love Notes and Music Therapy

Guest Post by Mabel Ortiz, VNA Music Therapist. At the end of almost every music therapy visit I complete with a patient or family, I finish saying goodbye with “it’s been an honor,” or “it has been my pleasure to be here,” which I wholeheartedly believe to be true. Since 2016, I have had the privilege to serve many as…

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VNA Private Care Receives 2019 Best of Home Care® – Provider of Choice Award for Ninth Year

The Visiting Nurse Association’s (VNA) Private Care department announced today that it has received the 2019 Best of Home Care – Provider of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse. The Provider of Choice Award is granted only to the top-ranking home care providers, based on client satisfaction scores gathered by Home Care Pulse, an independent satisfaction research firm for home…

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VNA Names 2018 Associates of the Year

The Visiting Nurse Association of the Treasure Coast (VNA) is pleased to announce Kara Henson, Physical Therapist, and Kim Metz, Occupational Therapist, were recently recognized as VNA’s Associates of the Year. Associates of the Year are nominated by their colleagues for consistently demonstrating VNA’s WHY statement: Collaborating as a team to provide excellent care to patients and families – with…

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Answer Nurse: Coping with Grief During the Holidays

  My husband passed away earlier this year, and I’m still coping with his death. My family is trying to cheer me up for the holiday season, but I’m not sure how I’ll feel about celebrating. What is some advice to get me through the holidays?   Although our families are well intentioned, grieving is a very personal process, and…

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