Growing up, Jordan Chaney watched as her dad worked his way through school and then a career in nursing. She noticed the sacrifices he made and the dedication he had for his field.
To see her father commit so fully to a profession, Chaney knew that being a nurse must be something special.
“Of all traits he instilled into me growing up, it was second nature for me to have compassion and a tender heart,” she said. “Much later, I learned those two qualities were not necessarily just for me [to have], but to share with and serve other people.”
Chaney, 29, grew up in Harrison. She later attended North Arkansas College in her hometown, where she pursued the specialty area of a hospice registered nurse.
For the greater part of her nursing career, Chaney has done long-term care. She enjoys working with the geriatric population as well as terminally ill patients.
When the opportunity to become a hospice nurse fell into Chaney's lap it was a perfect fit.
At Hospice of the Hills, Chaney works as a field case manager. She oversees all patients in their homes, establishes rapport with the patient and caregivers and works on a plan of care specific to that patient.
She works closely with the interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, CNAs, chaplain, volunteers and social workers to ensure each patient receives the best care.
“As a hospice nurse, I’m not looking at how my patients are going to die, but how they’re going to spend the remainder of their lives living,” Chaney said. “That can be a heavy load to carry sometimes when the patient is looking at you as the nurse to carry [it] out.”
Chaney has found that the most rewarding part of her job is getting to slow down and give her patients the time they deserve. In the hustle and bustle of the health care world, that’s not always an easy thing to do.
But for Chaney, nothing is as important as giving her patients the time and care they deserve.
“I get asked often how I do what I do day in and out,” Chaney said. “My response is that it’s an absolute blessing for anyone to say they truly love what they do for a living, and I’ve been blessed.
“This recognition is somewhat validation that I’ve met my calling as a nurse while some people search a lifetime for their purpose.”
“As a hospice nurse I not only get to fully devote my time to them at their bedside, but I also get to share their last moments with them and their families, which is a true honor as not only a nurse but also a human entity.”
— Jordan Chaney