has worked in hospice for over 17 years in various roles
(receptionist, medical records, billing, clinical coordinator, LPN, RN, RNCM, QAPI and Quality Management).
Understanding she wanted more, Debi returned to school 12 years ago and became a nurse - her lifelong dream. This dynamo staff member holds
Masters degrees in nursing and healthcare management.
A few years later, she became certified in hospice and palliative care nursing (CHPN). In the state of Arizona, there are only about 300 CHPNs so we are ecstatic to have Debi on the Harmony Hospice team.
When reflecting on her career, Debi shared,"
Every patient teaches us something new, and there are so many clinical experiences I can draw from. However, the most beautiful and valuable lesson I have ever learned was about love and what really matters in life."
In Debi's opinion, the most important skill set a nurse should have if they choose working is hospice is
"... a compassionate heart and ability to meet a patient or family where they are at any given time."
"The most important thing to remember is that there are no 'do-overs' in hospice so it's important to get it right and develop a plan of care that is specific to the patient and family."
Debi and her husband just celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary! It's also been a busy two years with their daughter's wedding and son's graduation. Their daughter teaches in the Vail school district. She graduated from the University of Arizona and is currently following in her mom's footsteps by pursuing her Masters degree. Their son also understands the importance of education in the family. A newly graduated Wildcat with a double major, he'll be heading to Austin to begin his career.
In the future, Debi's bucket list includes serving on a medical mission to an under-served community and becoming a grandma! Needless to say, any time spent with family is Debi's