Nancy Jean Buettner: She found bliss, life balance with Housecall Providers Hospice

February 17, 2012
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Nancy Jean Buettner

by Dan Cook, To the Point

After two decades as a nurse in a large health care organization, Nancy Jean Buettner was ready for a change. She wanted a warmer and less stressful work environment where she could pursue her hospice care work and enjoy a better balanced life. But she never expected to find a work environment quite as hospitable as Housecall Providers, Inc.’s Hospice division.

“I feel like the luckiest nurse in town,” Nancy Jean says. “It is so intimate here, a great working environment.”

Nancy Jean felt drawn to hospice work as her career as a registered nurse progressed. Once she made the transition, she knew she’d made the right call. “It’s truly an honor to be allowed into a person’s life at this time,” she says. But it wasn’t until she accepted a job with Housecall Providers Hospice that she was able to fully integrate her sense of mission into her desire for work-life balance. Housecall Providers Hospice has many advantages compared to other hospice services, such as allowing clinicians to set their own schedules, determine the caseload size, visit patients where they live and work as part of a team of experts, including nurses, nursing assistants, doctors, social workers, bereavement specialists, chaplains and volunteer caregivers.

The top managers at Housecall Providers are compassionate, visionary and always available to talk,” she says. “They have put together a simply beautiful program, one with an open, relaxing work environment where our communication between practitioners and staff is very good.”

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