Emmy Jean Rudolph
RN Case Manager
Brighton Hospice Minnesota
“Relax and accept the crazy.”
What is something about you that would surprise most people?
I like the smell of dog’s feet.
What is your favorite book or movie from your childhood?
Goonies and The Wizard of Oz.
If you could spend a day with any person, living or deceased, who would it be?
Grandma June (deceased). Some kids need grandmas to survive childhood, and that was me. I loved that lady.
What is one thing you can’t live without?
I can’t live without moving air on/near/around my face.
What is your favorite place you’ve ever visited?
Ocean Beach, California. I went there when my son graduated Marine Corps boot camp. The vibes out there were so chill and laid back. I remember that some people made apparatuses with wood and rope dipped in soapy water that blew thousands of bubbles with the ocean wind. AMAZING!
Where is your hometown?
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.
Tell us about your family / friends / pets / hobbies / passion projects:
I have 5 children: 2 sets of twins (Byron & Mason, 22; Hallie & Neil, 18) and Madalyn, 11.
I love my friends as if they were family.
My pets include 2 seven year-old dogs that get out and run wild at times; 2 old lady cats, one a Siamese cross (11) and the other a polydactyl cat (13) that will lick your hair as if you were one of her kittens; and I inherited a barn cat that is just about a year old.
My hobbies are being in the woods and being mindful of the forest floor and the surrounding sounds amidst the aromas of nature and earth.
My passion is truly my nursing career.
If you were stuck on a desert island, what things would you bring?
- A pillow & sleeping bag
- Fire starter/lighter
- A knife
Team Member Spotlights
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Emmy Rudolph, RN Case Manager
Emmy was inspired to pursue a career in hospice care because likes to give hands-on patient care to individuals who don’t feel good and need a nurse. She likes to teach and support patients’ and families’ journeys as grief becomes very real.
“Emmy continually goes above and beyond for her patients, families, facilities, and her team. She routinely picks up open on call shifts and urgent admits and currently serves as our COVID nurse in both our Metro territory and our Northfield location. She is consistently positive and leads by example to her team. She is knowledgeable, flexible, kind, and compassionate!”
– Emmy’s Brighton Team Leaders
What inspired you to pursue a career in hospice care?
I like to have hands-on patient care and help people who don’t feel good and need a nurse. I like to teach and support people’s journey, including their loved ones, as grief becomes very real.
How did you first learn about Brighton Hospice?
A gal I worked with went to a hospice seminar and talked about how she heard Brighton supports teamwork and has get-togethers for their team members.
How long have you been with Brighton?
Since the end of October 2019 (11 months).
What is your proudest moment at Brighton Hospice?
Having an awesome team on a weekend. This allows us to do things like swoop on in to the hospital to bring an actively dying 70+ man back home for his last moments, and then walk with his family hours later in the procession to see his body safely to the van. That’s what that family needed. Hospice.
What are the challenges of working in hospice care that you’ve faced or would like to shed light on?
Some people’s life review they share with me, or their unwillingness or difficulty with letting go of this life, can be tumultuous on my thoughts and emotions vicariously.
What are your hopes for the hospice care / healthcare industry?
I hope for more curative-minded individuals to recognize the peace and expertise endowed to those we serve as hospice professionals.
Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself?
Thank you for all that everyone does. I appreciate the Brighton team so much.