The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are following anew policy, which stresses the important of palliative and hospice care for patients with advanced heart disease and those who have a stroke. The associations recommend an early start to palliative care and referral to hospice when patients can benefit from end-of-life care.
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 the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Summa Cum Laude, and was active in the Honor Society, among other organizations. My career in nursing began in a University Hospital setting, in PICU; where I cared for Pediatric Cardiac Transplant, as well as Pediatric Oncology and BMT patients.