Thompson Resident Erica Alexander is Day Kimball’s January Employee of the Month
Erica Alexander, RN, BSN, CHPN, a hospice nurse for Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeastern Connecticut is Day Kimball’s January Employee of the Month.
PUTNAM, CONNECTICUT – Day Kimball Healthcare announces that Erica Alexander, RN, BSN, CHPN, a hospice nurse for Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeastern Connecticut is Day Kimball’s January Employee of the Month.
Janet Perry, clinical coordinator of Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeastern Connecticut, said, “Erica is a valuable team member. Her knowledge of the intricacies of end of life care and her gentle manner enables her to deal effectively with end of life issues. She has an amazing ability to have difficult conversations with patients and their families to support their need to cope with such situations. We are privileged to have Erica as a member of our hospice and interdisciplinary team.”
Alexander has been employed by Day Kimball for three years. She began as a nurse in the medical/surgical department and then followed her passion for hospice care, transferring to Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeastern Connecticut two years ago. In her role, she provides end of life care for her patients and their families primarily in the patient’s home. In addition, through ongoing assessments she provides relief from physical, emotional, social, and spiritual discomforts. She also provides supportive care to the patient and their family, as this is a critical component of the work that hospice nurses provide. Furthermore, Alexander has shown leadership for a newer hospice nurse by assuming the role of preceptor and she also takes many nursing students into the field to provide them with their clinical hospice experience.
“I feel honored to be named Employee of the Month and want to thank all my fellow team members for helping me the best I can be,” said Alexander. She continued, “I love my profession; I work with a wonderful team of people who make it possible for me to do what I do every day. I love being able to meet and spend time with my patients and their families and to get to know who they are. I am blessed to be able to hold their hands and guide them through this journey at end of life. My patients and their families have truly taught me the meaning of life.”
Alexander obtained her Bachelors of Nursing degree at UMass Lowell and became a Certified Hospice & Palliative Care Nurse in December of 2011. Besides her work at Day Kimball, her nursing experience includes time in hospital settings within orthopedics, neurology, and medical/surgical units, as well as at a nursing home within a rehabilitation unit.
Originally from Worcester and Spencer, Massachusetts, Alexander currently resides in Thompson with her husband Travis and their dog Oscar.