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One Foot in Heaven, Journey of a Hospice Nurse

Narrated by: Lori J. Moran
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People die everyday. While most people in America die in a hospital, many families choose hospice for end of life care. Death, as experienced by hospice nurses, can be beautiful, peaceful, humorous, touching, tragic, disturbing, and even otherworldly. Hospice nurses act as midwives to dying people every day. Death transforms not just the patient and family, but the hospice nurse as well. The stories in this book are presented with the hope that their transformation extends to you, too. Heidi Telpner, R.N.

©2007 Heidi Barr (P)2014 Heidi Barr

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  • Julia
  • 09-01-15

Complete tour of emotions dealing with the subject that we all try to avoid

A brilliant first book from this new author. I really hope that it will not be her last. I listened to it in one sitting as I could not put it down.

Heidi Telpner packs us in her bag and takes us on a journey visiting her terminally ill patients and their families. We get to meet each one. Some are regular Joe's whereas others are very eccentric to the point of 'crazy weird'!

Most medical memoirs tends to portray their writers as some kind or self sacrificing martyrs with a 'Florence Nightingale' complex. Not Nurse Telpner! In fact after three decades she is brutally honest about herself, the Hospice system and how it has changed plus how she can admit that she did not like some patients or their families on occasion.
How refreshing it is that someone can admit that you don't have to like someone just because they are dying!

I loved this book and I really hope that this brilliant author is well on the way to publishing her second volume.

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  • MeDi
  • 29-03-15

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I really enjoyed this audiobook. It tells the real story of how much love,compassion,heartache and energy it takes to care for someone that you know that's dyng. When they have a good day,it makes your own a little bit brighter,when they have that day that could be their last,you sure feel that too. I am more thankful to the Hospice giver after listening to this audiobook.

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  • PLCC
  • 18-03-15

A Must Read for Hospice Nurse

Where does One Foot in Heaven, Journey of a Hospice Nurse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As a Hospice Nurse this book could easily be a must read. It is very informative as well as entertaining for those who share this calling.

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My favorite character was the nurse who wrote it. She did such a great job of helping the reader experience each patients diagnosis and care. So well written as to be easy to digest and helpful in practice.

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This is a true glimpse into the life of a Hospice Home care nurses day. She shares frankly and personally the experiences she encountered and how she dealt with difficulties and treasured the joys. It is as though you are there with her.The only draw back, in my opinion, was the performance was read too haltingly. The story led me to want to feel the experience but sometimes the reader seemed to get in the way. It is hard to explain but it seemed to be more noticeable in the beginning. I tried increasing the reading speed but that wasn't the problem. Not a big enough deal to stop me from devouring it though. Unusual for me but this is a book I plan to listen to again. It is packed with insight and ideas that I want to incorporate in my care.

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  • Laura O.
  • 26-08-16

Enlightening!

An encouraging story. Makes me want to pursue furthering my career to become a hospice nurse. I am currently a CNA/TMA in a nursing home & hospice. I very much enjoy working with the elderly and dying.

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  • Califdivenut
  • 16-06-16

A must read for both new, and seasoned nurses entering the world of hospice.

A nurse myself of 14 years, and recently entering into the world of hospice, I thought this book would allow me to hear stories of someone with a great deal of knowledge that I could learn from. From the beginning to end I could not stop listening. Not only were the stories intriguing, well-written, and full of knowledge, but what they provided was the inside view of the compassionate nurse providing care to so many different kinds of patients, in so many different situations, that as a new hospice nurse I know I will find myself in some day, and I am grateful that Heidi Telpner was moved by her years in hospice to write such a book. It touched me deeply and I know I will use the stories to draw strength from for years to come. Purchase the book you will not be sorry!!!!

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  • Katelyn Dekoski
  • 12-12-15

Must read

OMG! I highly recommend this book! As someone with a hospice degree I have to say I was moved deeply!

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  • Ann Beauregard
  • 06-08-20

Must read

As a previous HOSPICE HHA, except for the initials after our names I could of written this book. I always felt that we as HOSPICE personal are welcomed into a very personal & even private time in the dying persons & families lives. I found it a great pleasure to be requested by patients and family during their final hours. Unlike nurses we were not on call to respond to a home of a patient, but not once did I deny a call, regardless of the time,weather or Holidays. I was greatly blessed that I was employed by an agency that allowed such things.(many sadly do not, families & patients would request only to hear...”There not working right now”) there are countless experiences of witnessing those close to death seeing loved ones, that have gone before them or angels. On 2 occasions I witnessed patients who became absolutely terrified from what was coming to get them. I cannot stress enough to loved ones or caregivers to allow spiritual leaders be contacted at the request of a patient...it can make a difference of how they leave this earth...@ peace or fear. I have experienced seeing the soul leave a dying one, and felt the warmth of a light unseen to me. The author was able to share those things that made the differences in her life and those she came in contact with, those like memories. Even those that filled her with fear for her own safety & those whom more concerned about golf games & parties, than a dying person in their home. Is HOSPICE “work” for everyone? No! Are all HOSPICE Agencies perfect in providing in fulfilling the mission? Sadly no... I to witnessed the power plays of those in leadership with those in the trenches who see everything going on in homes. All in the name of profit Yet call themselves non-profit. Or personal feelings towards a employee. I have also seen the loss of many incredible staff due to computerized charting. Thank you for such a wonderful book that can explain the truth of what happens during the most important time in many lives & deaths.

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  • Chris Smith
  • 28-04-20

Insightful

Good information on death and dying from an experienced hospice nurse. A good read for those interested in pursuing a career with hospice or those interested in death and dying either for academic or personal reasons.

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  • Lisa Alberts
  • 02-04-20

What an enlightening read.

My 90 year old parents were recently cared for by hospice, and it was a good experience. But it’s my only experience. Thanks to Heidi, I am much better informed. And very entertained to boot. I like her lively narrative style, and value her advice about using hospice and technical end of life decisions that we all might face ( eg whether to tube feed a dying person). While others have complained about the narrator’s stop and start speech, I found it almost charming: like talking with a friend who pauses mid sentence to take a quick breath every so often. Not a biggie to me, just a quirk I can easily overlook. I am writing my first review ever for this book, because hospice care is a difficult subject to choose when looking for the next read. This group of personal stories is worth every minute spent. I just re-listened, and it won’t be the last time!

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  • LJM VO
  • 27-03-20

Helpful and Entertaining

My wife narrated this book back in 2014. It was her 3rd book. I never listened to it until my mother recently went into hospice care. Lori recommended I give it a listen and I have to say it was helpful to understand what hospice is all about. It was also very comforting especially since my mother's long term care facility was on lockdown for the corona virus. My mother passed very peacefully two days ago. I have to say that she did a great job of narrating the book and can personally attest to how hard she has worked to perfect her craft. She is a NICU nurse and particularly suited to narrating medical related books. I suggest you may like the many other books she has narrated since. She lives books and is great a picking the best stories.