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Team Member Spotlight: Alison Clark, RN Case Manager

By January 29, 2021February 16th, 2021No Comments
Team Member Spotlight

Alison Clark

RN Case Manager

Brighton Hospice Minnesota

 

“The eyes are the window

to the soul.”

 

What is something about you that would surprise most people?

Something about me that would surprise most people is that I’m shy.

 

What is your favorite book or movie?

My favorite book is a toss-up between The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore.

My favorite movie is Bachelor Mother.

 

What is one thing you can’t live without?

I can’t live without carbonated beverages–Bubly and soda are my favorites.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 items would you bring?

  1. Pineapple
  2. Bubbly
  3. Flint to start a fire

What is your favorite place you’ve ever visited?

Notre Dame in Paris.  I loved it!

 

Where is your hometown?

I grew up in Amery, Wisconsin, which is a small town.

 

Tell us about your family, friends, pets, hobbies, and passion projects:

I am the oldest out of three sisters.  My sister Stacey lives four houses down from me.  I have three stepbrothers and many nieces and nephews who I am very proud of.

I have a stepdad and stepmom who are both amazing.  My stepdad played “Hello Walls” for me after my first break-up trying to cheer me up, but it’s the most depressing song ever for me!

I have four cats and one dog, Lucy.  Most days, she believes herself to be a cat–I’m not sure why.

I love animals and my family.  Family means everything to me.  I love to make them smile and feel special.  I usually am quiet and just relaxed and content to listen to my family when we have get-togethers.  It has been super hard not seeing my parents during COVID, as both of my dads have some health issues.

I love to kayak–the Apple River runs through my back yard, where I like to watch the squirrels and birds.  I love Mother Nature (except for snakes.  I can do without those)!

I love tea, reading good books, and being introduced to new music.  I especially love the guitar.

Team Member Spotlights

 

Our mission at Brighton Hospice is to provide the best physical, emotional, and spiritual care for our patients and their families.

Achieving this important mission would be impossible without our Brighton team members.  We take pride in hiring the most compassionate and skilled people in the industry who deliver clinical expertise and exceed our patients’ expectations.

Our Team Member Spotlight series is our way of highlighting those dedicated individuals who go above and beyond in their commitment to excellence.

Alison Clark, RN Case Manager

Alison Clark with her niece

Alison’s niece, Brooklyn, loves to assist Alison with doing her hair and makeup.  She’s very proud of her work!

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Alison’s sister Stacey, with her husband, Dave, and their fur baby, Ollie

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Alison’s two dads with her sister, Stacey

“Alison is always offering to assist with helping out her teammates.  She regularly picks up admits, covers visits, picks up weekends, etc.  She always maintains a positive attitude!”

– Alison’s Brighton Team Leaders

What inspired you to pursue a career in hospice care?

I first wanted to be a hospice nurse when I was in my early 20s.  I was working at an ICF and had a patient who had Down’s Syndrome.  The patient quickly declined with Alzheimer’s.  I was new to healthcare, and the patient was mottling, labored breathing, and actively dying.  I called the hospice nurse multiple times during the night.  She was very calming and educated me.

The patient passed away peacefully and I thought to myself, “I want to do this for others.”  So I went to nursing school, and here I am!

 

What are the challenges of working in hospice care that you’ve faced or would like to shed light on?

In the past, I have had some challenges with hospice families not all being on board, patients and families concerned about pain medications being administered, etc.

Last year, at my previous company, I was on-call and had to initiate the emergency preparedness plan due to tornadoes in Wisconsin.  There were many trees and power lines down, and a few hospice patients that we could not get to safety until the road was cleared of debris.  My patient had a generator and was doing fine.  That experience now sits in the back of my mind, and I’m always mindful of who has generators and who does not.  I now watch the weather and anticipate that I might have to do that again someday.

 

How did you first learn about Brighton Hospice?

I first learned about Brighton from a friend who used to work here.

 

How long have you been with Brighton?

I have been with Brighton for nearly a year now!