Angella Mckenzie

About Author

I became a nurse by “accident.”  I lost my job working in collections at a bank. A friend who worked for a health agency invited me to apply and the rest, as they say, is history. I loved my work from day one. Helping my patients with their Activities of Daily Living (ADL), came naturally to me. Although in a group setting I’m often quiet or at times reserved, when I am one on one with my patients I discovered I’m engaging, anticipating, listening and giving. When the time was right for me I went back to school. I studied and became a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). My first job was with hospice. I loved the one on one interaction with the patients and their family members. I found I had great compassion and I thoroughly enjoyed the teaching aspect of the job. This was not a surprise to me, as I have a certification in teaching. The more I learned about hospice, the more my appreciation for the program grew. Later I returned to school and became a Registered Nurse (RN).  About a year later the hospice I worked with offered me a job as a case manager. This was different. I was now responsible for coordinating and delivering care for about 20 patients on a weekly basis. These were patients on Routine Home Care receiving once a week visits, patients on Respite care receiving once a week visits, and patients on Continuous Care receiving daily visits. 


Awards and Recognition

I visited these patients in their homes and had the pleasure of developing great relationships with the patients as I learned about their careers and contributions to this country. I was also fortunate to meet caregivers who were doing a great job every day. I was proud to be a part of such a great team.

Eventually I switched companies and went back to being a Continuous Care Nurse, providing End of Life Care. In doing this work I felt fulfilled. The service we provide is essential, and most families whom we serve share this sentiment.