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Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month, ideal for celebrating the many noteworthy Black people in the medical field, particularly nurses – our favorite at VNA! Black nurses play a special role in American medical history, spearheading initiatives to create a more equitable healthcare system that meets the needs of all Americans, regardless of one’s racial background. From Harriet Tubman (1820-1913), who’s…

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Flu Season Is Back

Fall has officially begun, and flu season is back. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have forgotten about the many other common illnesses we face, including the flu. While you’re masking up and getting vaccinated against the coronavirus, you should also receive the flu vaccination. Get ahead of the curve and get your flu shot now! Influenza (commonly…

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Falls Prevention Awareness Week

The Fall Season is a time to appreciate and give thanks to your loved ones. One of the ways you can show your love is through support and protection against falls. More than 1 out of 4 older adults falls each year. It is the number one cause for hospital visits for older adults. We need to protect our elders…

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Hospital Prevention Program Keeps Patients At Home

  By Siobhan F. Austin In June, VNA launched the Hospital Prevention Program (HPP), a new patient-centered home health service. It’s geared toward helping high-risk patients with severe diagnoses, like end-stage respiratory disease and congestive heart failure who are susceptible to hospitalization or rehospitalization, remain safely at home. Not only do patients benefit physically and mentally, but they avoid high costs associated with hospitalization.   And the service is excellent. “This program will enhance what the VNA…

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A Day in the Life of a Hospice Nurse

At 10-years old Caitlin Kennedy had dreams of being writer, then a nurse. She didn’t know she wanted to be a hospice nurse until her grandfather became ill and, eventually, received hospice care, “When I saw the way the nurses cared for my grandfather, I just knew I wanted to do that for someone else.” Being a hospice nurse, first…

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Self-Care is Not Selfish

Our mothers taught us to always think of others and put the needs of others first. This may sound strange, but it’s OK to put yourself first! If we don’t take care of ourselves, we can’t be fully present to care for others. Write a prescription for your well-being. Consider the things you enjoy and tailor activities to meet your…

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Living Your Best Life with Parkinson’s Disease

April is Parkinson’s Awareness month and now is the perfect time to bring to light some facts many may not realize about the disease. The Mayo Clinic tells us Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. Patients living with Parkinson’s Disease will tell you there’s more to it and that no two days are the same.…

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National Health Care Decisions Day

April 16th is National Health Care Decisions Day. In the past, this may have been an article you skimmed; however, due to the way our lives have been affected by COVID-19, we’re realizing how very quickly life can change in an instant. Families and young adults are realizing the importance of making end-of-life plans, taking the time to figure out…

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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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