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  • Frisbie earns hospice, palliative nurse certification

  • Angela Frisbie, R.N., CHPN, palliative care coordinator at Lake Regional Health System, recently achieved certification in hospice and palliative care from the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses.
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  • Angela Frisbie, R.N., CHPN, palliative care coordinator at Lake Regional Health System, recently achieved certification in hospice and palliative care from the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses.
     The NBCHPN is the only organization that offers specialty certification for all levels of hospice and palliative care professionals.
     Frisbie, a Lake Regional Health System employee since 2004, worked as a patient care technician before becoming a registered nurse in 2006 and working as a critical care nurse.
    “It was during my time caring for critically ill patients that I was inspired to help patients and families managing life-threatening illnesses,” Frisbie said. “I joined the palliative care team to focus on providing patients with education, symptom management and the emotional and physical support they need.”
     Lake Regional’s palliative care team is focused on enhancing patients’ quality of life. They communicate with health care providers to ensure patients diagnosed with serious, progressive or life-altering illnesses have tailored treatment plans that manage illness-related symptoms and reflect the patient’s health care goals.
     “Palliative care is beneficial to patients and family members because it focuses on the patient as a whole, not just their illness,” Frisbie said. “Palliative care is easily confused with hospice. Although palliative care can be a bridge to hospice, they are very different in that palliative care is an intervention to promote living by obtaining good quality of life. Hospice is a medical benefit for those who have an estimated life expectancy of six months or less.”
     Patients may request a palliative care consultation at the time of their diagnosis or at any point during hospitalization. To learn more, visit lakeregional.com and click the “Specialties and Services” tab.
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