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I can give suggestions, encouragement and direction on what hospice is and is not, when it is appropriate, and how to go about getting it. I am familiar with Medicaid and Medicare hospice benefits. I can answer general questions about disease process, what dying looks like, how hospice handles pain and other symptoms, what to expect from a hospice when end of life nears. I can provide support, direction and encouragement related to spiritual matters and psychological matters related to death and dying.

Experience in the area

I am a certified hospice and palliative care nurse, and have been the director of nurses for three hospice centers, under two different companies. I have also worked as a contract hospice nurse for a large American hospice company. On a personal level, my father died without benefit of hospice (it was not popular then). I have taken care of dying patients in hospitals and recognize that for most of us, it is preferable to die at home (or in our residence, wherever that may be), comfortably and without anxiety. Also I had no support when my father died; hospice clients are the whole family (however that is defined by the "patient"), and support is provided at least a year after the patient passes. These are the sorts of things (and probably others) that I can help with.

Organizations

HPNA (Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association)

Publications

none yet

Education/Credentials

Registered Nurse (TX), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (TX) ADN Nursing, Excelsior College, Albany, New York (2004) 4.0 GPA BA, Psychology (minor Social Work), Oklahoma University, Norman, OK (1986) 3.67 GPA MHR (MA) Human Relations, Oklahoma University, Norman, OK (1988) 3.5 GPA

Awards and Honors

Phi Beta Kappa (and others)

Past/Present Clients

Unable to name as this would violate their privacy (and HIPAA....)


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Juliaa08/10/15101010Thank you for your comments,very helpful .....
Kelly07/05/15101010I was so comforted by Christine's prompt .....
Eamonn06/26/15101010Thank you so much for your good .....
Susan04/12/15101010 
Brett11/04/14101010Absolutely wonderful. Quick response for my question .....

Recent Answers from Christine Johnson

2016-01-05 My Dad Cried An Hour Before He Passed:

Dear Jennifer, please accept my apology for the delay in answering you.  It's rare to get questions the past year or so (comes in waves) and health issues in our family have distracted me from my usual

2015-09-20 Cushion for pressure sores:

Hi, Jan--    This is a little bit out of my area but I think I can help, if only by pointing you in a useful direction.    The cushions available to protect against pressure do come in a variety of materials

2015-08-08 sisters death with hospice:

Hi, Juliaa--    While I would love to tell you yes to your questions, I cannot.  I have never heard of someone in coma opening their eyes just before dying, let alone that it was a sign death was coming

2015-07-05 103 yr old hospice patient:

Hello, again, Kelly--    I'm honored to be asked to help, no matter what day it is.  :)    From what you describe, I would almost expect Nan to have passed by the time you have the chance to receive this

2015-07-04 103 yr old hospice patient:

Hi, Kelly--    Thank you for writing.  103 is pretty impressive!  I'm glad your grandmother has you with her.    Morphine and Ativan will tend to make one sleep a lot, although the purpose of course is

 

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