Home care nursing is a demanding line of work that requires time, dedication and compassion. Yet, despite all of the challenges associated with the profession, Meghan Kane, a local home care nurse, has proven that she can be one of the best in the country – at the young age of 29.
Kane has been selected as one of the top 50 Home Care and Hospice Nurses in the United States. The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) conducted a search for the 50 best hospice and home care nurses in the nation, to coincide with National Nurses Week (May 6–12).
In its search, the NAHC asked its 33,000 members, affiliated state associations and the general public to help identify the top hospice and home care nurses in each U.S. state. For Rhode Island, Meghan Kane from VNA of Care New England was awarded that distinction.
Kane is a graduate of Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. She joined VNA of Care New England in November of 2009, and is a nurse case manager. Kane previously worked in the emergency department at Kent Hospital. However, since she began her career as a home care nurse, Kane can’t imagine doing anything else.
Kane was lucky enough to have her career as a home care nurse choose her.
“Home care chose me,” said Kane. “When I worked at Kent Hospital, I would see the same people going home and coming back in. I wanted to be able to give those patients the best quality of life at home, and prevent their re-hospitalization.”
Despite having found her calling, Kane admits that there are still a few difficulties associated with her job.
“The greatest difficulty is that you can’t help everybody,” Kane said. “There simply aren’t enough hours in a day.”
Kane also said it can be difficult to remain emotionally distant from her patients, while still being a substantial part of their lives.
Nonetheless, Kane finds home care an immensely rewarding line of work.
“When I see my patients smiling, it is the best feeling,” said Kane. “I really feel like I am making a difference.”
VNA of Care New England, founded in 1908, is a non-profit Medicare and Medicaid certified home care and hospice agency, serving the home health, community health and hospice needs of adults throughout Rhode Island. VNA of Care New England employs more than 200 health care professionals and paraprofessionals and is accredited by the Joint Commission. VNA of Care New England is a member of the Care New England System that includes Butler, Kent and Women & Infants hospitals, and the Care New England Wellness Center.
“We are excited and proud to have Megan selected for this very special recognition,” said Nancy Roberts, VNA of Care New England’s CEO and president. “Megan’s care and compassion reflects the care and compassion provided by all the clinicians at the VNA of Care New England.”