Oasis Healthcare is celebrating nurses during the month of May! Meet Mattie and learn about her passion for hospice nursing.
Mattie May has spent much of her nursing career as a hospice nurse, and truly has a heart and a passion for her work after 27 years in the field. In honor of Nurses Week, Mattie reflects on why working as a hospice nurse is a ministry to her.
Hospice nursing has given Mattie the opportunity to help, guide, and teach patients and their families through one of the most difficult times of their lives. She said a successful hospice nurse is compassionate, patient, and understanding in the midst of a crisis, which is how her teammates describe her.
“There are times when, working as a nurse, one has to go beyond the call of duty, which means working long hours and doing whatever is necessary to help families effectively cope with their stress and grief,” Mattie said.
Mattie does this because being a hospice nurse is more than just a job to her. “Working hospice is indeed a challenge, but with a good team, anything can be accomplished. I love and enjoy my career,” she explained.
In her early years as a hospice nurse, she served a patient who had young grandchildren. She said every visit, when she arrived and got out of her car, the patient’s grandchildren would run outside to greet her. “They would scream to their parents, ‘the doctor is here!’,” Mattie remembered fondly. “They were genuine and sincere. The world would be a better place if we were all like little children.”
Years later, her patients and their families are still just excited for her visits. We are thankful that Mattie provides that comfort to all she serves, as she did with those small children years ago.