VNA & Blue Water Hospice leadership honors staff and volunteers quarterly through the Shining Star program, recognizing the extras they do for each other, their patients, and the community.
Let’s get to know Aleia!
What do you do at VNA & BWH?
I am a nurse at the Blue Water Hospice Home. I provide care to patients and their families. I also am an on-call supervisor on nights at the Hospice Home.
Why did you choose this type of work?
I worked on an oncology floor at a hospital, and we had a lot of hospice/comfort care patients and I fell in love with providing the type of care needed. I think it is so important to focus on a person as a whole and what they want rather than focusing on a disease. Often, it does not even feel like work.
Why do you choose to work at VNA & BWH?
I hadn’t realized there was something like the Blue Water Hospice Home in our area. I thought the idea of it was so special and I wanted to be a part of it. It truly has a ‘home’ feel versus that of a typical agency. And I love that the Hospice Home is only 10 minutes from my house!
What is a favorite memory you have of work?
There have been too many to count. I have a good relationship with all my co-workers, and we help each other out. I have also met so many family members that show so much gratitude such as hugs, cards, flowers, and baked goods and it is such a heartwarming feeling to know how much of a positive impact you had during someone’s worst days.
Jessica recognized Aleia as a Shining Star!
Aleia not only picks up extra shifts when it is needed to provide support to her co-workers and the patients/families, but she goes above and beyond every time she works. She has taken on the role of an on-call supervisor to give additional support. She truly is a shining star!
If you would like to thank a staff member, volunteer, or physician at VNA & Blue Water Hospice, go to https://www.vnabwh.org/thankyou/.