Meet Jenny Beatty
Jenny is Austin Gardens Senior Living RN
WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE TO BE A HOSPICE NURSE?
When I was young, I took care of my grandmother who had Parkinson’s. I was always the caregiving type in my family. I enjoy taking care of people, it sparks a light in me. And when I got further along in my career, surrounded by other healthcare professionals and hearing their experiences, I was able to confirm it was the right decision.
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE FOR YOUR WHEN WORKING AS A CAREGIVER? HOW DID YOU ADDRESS THE CHALLENGE?
The biggest challenge is re-educating people. As a hospice nurse one of the main things I have to do is effectively communicate with the family members of residents about medication, day-to-day activities, fall prevention, and education.
TELL ME WHAT MAKES YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT WORKING WITH SENIORS?
Seniors have a lot of wisdom and they are generally nice people to be around with. And if they are otherwise, they might have a reason for it. And I try as much as possible to bridge that gap by informing them what I’m doing and acknowledge what’s happening. Effective communication goes a long way!
BIGGEST THING YOU'VE LEARNED AS A HOSPICE NURSE?
I was a hospital nurse before becoming a hospice nurse, it was a big role change. In a hospital, either the task is fast-paced or an emergency. When I transitioned to a hospice nurse, my role was to adjust the quality of life of patients/residents and make things better for them, it takes time for everyone to adjust.
WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT SKILL FOR A HOSPICE NURSE TO HAVE?
I learned that being empathetic and compassionate are important, as well as being a good listener. Those are the things that the family members of resident’s need to know. I want to be relatable and to empathize with the family.
OUTSIDE OF WORK, WHAT ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT?
I like to travel out of town at least once a month. I like to travel with family and friends. Experience different destinations. One of the most memorable trips was when I went to Cabo.
WHAT'S A FUN FACT PEOPLE WOULDN'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
When I was child, we camped a lot at Lake Michigan. It was one way for our family to travel, bond, and create memories. We also had other families or church groups who’d go camping with us. It started my passion for travel. I was also a gift-wrapping champion at 4H (just like scouts). We first learned how to make bows and stuff. Then they gave us a couple of months to practice, and we presented to judges and I fortunately won! Christmas season is an exciting time for me where I can use my gift-wrapping skills!
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