VNA’s Hospice care team is compassionate, professional, and highly trained in end of life care.
“I love being part of VNA because we are patient-focused. We have the opportunity to make a difference every day, which is why I wanted to become a nurse in the first place!”
Christine Turner, RN MA CHPN CHPCA currently serves as Director of Hospice and Palliative Care Programs at VNA Home Health Hospice. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Southern Maine School of Nursing and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from National University. Christine has over 19 years of diverse experience in home health and hospice from across the country, including 14 years of clinical management. Christine currently holds certifications in Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing (CHPN) and Hospice and Palliative Care Administration (CHPCA). She holds membership in the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), is an approved HPNA trainer, ELNEC (End of Life Nursing Education Consortium) trainer and is a founding member of the local HPNA chapter, Southern Maine Chapter of HPNA.
“I am so fortunate to work on the Hospice Team at VNA. What a privilege to support individuals and families at such a tender, challenging time. I feel honored.”
Annie Blanchard, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), has been providing home health and hospice social work in Southern Maine and New Hampshire since 1990. She received her BA in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire then went on to get her Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of New England. Annie has been a part of the VNA Interdisciplinary Hospice Team at VNA for 6 years. Every hospice patient and their caregivers are assigned a social worker to help guide them through the many logistical and emotional challenges of planning for and preparing for a loved one’s death. Annie is well known for her knowledge of the resources available to families in Southern Maine and for her commitment to be a part of competent, compassionate end of life care.
“As a seasoned hospice nurse, I have found The VNA to have a very ‘can do’ attitude, even with the most challenging situations. Meeting our patient’s needs is the focus of everyone at The VNA and I love working with our inspired Hospice Team.”
“My approach with patients is to ‘clean my slate’ prior to walking into a room with a new patient and/or family. I like to meet people wherever they are at and allow whatever is important to them, to be at the heart of the plan of care. I feel I do more listening than talking.”
Pamela Shay, RN BSN CHPN currently serves as a Hospice Outreach Nurse at VNA Home Health and Hospice. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Southern Maine. Pam began working in home health nursing twenty-five years ago and has been a dedicated hospice nurse for the past eighteen years. She holds certification in Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing (CHPN) and is an approved HPNA trainer.
Jennifer Mancini BCC, MA is a Board Certified Chaplain who was introduced to hospice work as a volunteer in 1995 and began working as a hospice chaplain in 1999. She is an inter-denominational spiritual care provider and is a Dharma Teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies from Eckerd College and her Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies from Naropa University. Outside of work, Jennifer spends her time raising her two young children and spending time outdoors.
“Working with a great team of staff and volunteers allows me to look forward with gratitude to coming to work at VNA every day.”
Linda Hopkins has always been drawn to health care helping professions and came to this work after a number of years focused on home life and children. She has been serving on the hospice team as Bereavement and Volunteer Coordinator at VNA Home Health Hospice since 2006. Her hospice work started with training as a hospice volunteer in 1999. Linda was born in Bangor, Maine and has lived in Maine most of her life. She attended Brown University undergraduate and Tufts University School of Medicine before returning to Maine to live and work.