Jeanne Scheel – Licensed Nurse Practitioner and Palliative Program Director Angels Grace HospiceGrowing up in a Medical family, it was only natural that this would eventually be my own path in life.

I have been a Nurse for nearly 20 years, and a Nurse Practitioner for 10 of those years; board certified in Family Practice. I graduated from University of St. Francis in Joliet, Summa Cum Laude, and was active in the Honor Society, among other organizations. My career in nursing began at a University Hospital setting, in PICU; where I cared for Pediatric Cardiac Transplant, as well as Pediatric Oncology and BMT patients. While working there, I had the privilege to complete an Ethics Fellowship. It was here that my passion for Palliative Care was fueled, as I noted a “gap” in care. I organized a team – in order to develop a training program; Project HOPE (Helping Others through Palliative Education), teaching classes to nurses and staff members, as well as presenting to Medical Students and Faculty of the University. I co-wrote a grant and obtained funding to initiate a Pediatric Palliative Care program, which has since grown and remains strong. My career then took me to adult Thoracic Surgery and Oncology. From there, my practice moved out into the community – where I was the primary APN in numerous nursing facilities for 6 years. I always found that Palliative Care was needed in every area of medicine I worked.

I was approached by a former colleague to then consider a career at Angels Grace; as their Nurse Practitioner. Working with Angels Grace Hospice and Palliative Care for the past 4 years has brought me full circle – and now, I feel as though I’ve come home in my career. Palliative Care has always been, and remains, a passion for me. I see the difference it makes in my patient’s and family’s lives. We discuss goals of care, and they are supported throughout those difficult conversations and decisions. I consider it the greatest privilege to be allowed into the lives of my patients and families at such a vulnerable time. It is quite humbling, and I continually thank my patients and families for allowing me to be a part of this very special journey.

Nurse and woman V10-3: Adults Unaware of Palliative Care Posted in: Community Education Quarterly - Palliative Care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) can improve quality of life for patients with a serious illness and provide much-needed support to family members. However, the majority of adults in America are not aware of, nor do they understand, the goals and benefits of palliative care. Continue Reading
Aug / Sept / Oct 2019 Newsletter Posted in: Quarterly Newsletter - Minimal Knowledge of Palliative Care Among U.S. Adults Highlights Need to Raise Public Awareness In a national survey of Americans aged 18 years or older, nearly three-quarters reported they had never heard of palliative care, illustrating a serious need to raise awareness of and provide accurate information about the goals… Continue Reading
Money Palliative Care Could Cut Health Care Costs by $103 Billion Posted in: News & Events - Palliative care could reduce societal health care costs by $103 billion within the next 20 years, the nonprofit economic research group Florida TaxWatch said in a report. The group recommended that policymakers take action to expand palliative care utilization in the state. Palliative care in general can reduce health care… Continue Reading
May / Jun / Jul 2019 Newsletter Posted in: Quarterly Newsletter - Patients Less Likely to Receive Palliative Care at Minority-Serving Hospitals, Regardless of Race/Ethnicity Site of care, not race or ethnicity, may be a keydeterminant of whether or not seriously ill patients receive palliative care, a new study has found. Advanced cancer patients treated at hospitals that primarily serve minotitieswere 33%… Continue Reading
Feb / Mar / Apr 2019 Newsletter Posted in: Quarterly Newsletter - Palliative Care Linked to Significant Reduction in Suicide Risk Among Veterans with Advanced Lung Cancer Amid growing concern about the high rate of suicide among the nation's veterans, researchers have found that Veterans Affairs (VA) health system patients with advanced lung cancer who had at least one palliative care visit… Continue Reading
Aug / Sep / Oct 2018 Newsletter Posted in: Quarterly Newsletter - Palliative Care Benefits Nursing Home Residents with Serious Illness who are not Ready for Hospice Palliative care (PC) consults have the potential to greatly benefit a broad group of seriously ill nursing home (NH) residents, and should not be thought of as appropriate care reserved only for persons nearing the… Continue Reading
V9-2: Dementia and Non-Cancer Patients Benefit from Hospice Care Posted in: Community Education Quarterly - More and more Americans turn to hospice care when facing a life-limiting illness, and of these patients, a growing majority have an illness other than cancer. This is according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), which recently published a report providing an overview of hospice care Continue Reading
V8-4: All Americans Deserve Quality Care at the End of Life Posted in: Community Education Quarterly - The number of Americans using hospice care continues to grow every year, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), which recently published a report providing an updated overview of hospice care in the U.S. Continue Reading
Aug / Sept / Oct 2017 Newsletter Posted in: Quarterly Newsletter - Many Family Physicians See Themselves as Providers of Palliative Care One-third of US family physicians report providing palliative care as part of their routine practice, although this provision varies widely by geographic region, physician characteristics, and care settings according to a research letter published in the Journal of the American… Continue Reading
May / Jun / Jul 2017 Newsletter Posted in: Quarterly Newsletter - Hospice Delivers Optimized Quality of Care, Improves Survival for Patients with Lung Cancer For patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) – the most common form of lung cancer and one of the leading cause of cancer-related death in the US – enrollment in hospice not only decreases the likelihood of receiving… Continue Reading