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About jackiebates

Experience: Registered Nurse 31 years Hospice Nurse 6 years Certified Hospice Palliative Nurse 4 years Caring for the dying is a passion that continues to grow and motivate me in life. Their intimate situations has allowed me a unique opportunity to help facilitate what others and I can learn about real life. Please teach me, challenge me and help me help others. All material written is copywritten 2011

First Book Published

Here’s a really neat story in my life! I have just brought home the first 100 printed books of Conversations: Living Through the Process of Dying. A book I wrote to help people talk about their wishes and needs when … Continue reading

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Are they for loss? I’d venture to say every failure is a stepping stone closer to a dream come true. If not a dream, perhaps getting closer to a goal or a vision.  We ALL have points in time where the result … Continue reading

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Medical Mentors

Certain people at certain times make impacts on our way of thinking, what we pursue as a career, how we approach a problem and how we resolve through our mistakes. My nursing career mentors are Mom, Jan, Kris, Etta, Pam, and Mandy… … Continue reading

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Hospice Nurses

Some times there comes along a hospice nurse that “just has it.”  Over the past 6 years of working in end of life care I have gotten to see those types of nurses in action.  It is amazing and brings a feeling … Continue reading

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A New Adventure

Within the next couple of weeks I will be taking part in a new adventure for my life.  I have finished writing a book about conversations to have for end of life care.  This week I will be choosing a … Continue reading

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During the end of life, it is not unusual for the dying person to have what most people call visitors. People or pets that are visible to them, but not to anyone else. At first I had to rearrange my … Continue reading

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Location of Care

The choices of where to be cared for can be some of the most important decisions ever made for the end of life clients.  You can either be at your home, an Assisted Living Facility, Skilled Nursing Home or a … Continue reading

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Cliff Jumping

Tonight I feel like I have jumped over (or at least threw my hat over) a cliff!  I have made a huge decision that will affect my dreams in life.  This has been my choice and I see it as a … Continue reading

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Extreme Kindness

Today I was on the phone with a woman who “adopted” my chocolate lab 11 years ago.  She was telling me that Jade, the lab, was very sick.  She wanted to invite me out to see her.  While we were talking, … Continue reading

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Celebrating Accomplishments

A recurrent theme crossing my life lately is to celebrate your accomplishments. Going ahead and taking time to acknowledge and enjoy a moment in time because of a goal or project being met. One of my celebrations today is that … Continue reading

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