Katherine (Kate) Lange-Nohr, Lead RN, Horizon Home Care and Hospice
Kate Lange-Nohr enjoys a rewarding
As one of two Lead RNs with the Horizon Hospice inpatient unit
now located at Columbia St. Mary’s (CSM) Hospital Ozaukee, Katherine
(Kate) Lange-Nohr finds her job extremely rewarding. Kate moved
with the Hospice from the Columbia campus to the Ozaukee campus in June
and her role is still being developed. Her responsibilities include
staff guidance, education, scheduling, handling patient referrals to the
Hospice and serving as a resource to the community through informational
calls and visits. Kate also develops processes for unit functioning,
working in collaboration with other members of the group. She shares
this role with Sheryl Wade, RN.
Kate grew up in the Milwaukee area but has recently moved to Cedarburg. “It is wonderful to work at the Ozaukee campus after 20 years at the Columbia St. Mary’s Milwaukee and Columbia campuses, and to explore a very vibrant new community,” she explains. The Ozaukee Hospital is the fourth home for the Hospice since its inception in 1980. Because of its beautiful and peaceful natural setting – complete with birds, fields, ponds, walking paths and sitting areas – Kate feels this campus a wonderful setting for the hospice and an asset for hospice patients and families to enjoy.
In 1987, Kate received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UW-Milwaukee and joined CSM’s Hospice in 1989. In addition to her daily tasks, Kate also served as the bereavement coordinator. She is certified as a Hospice and Palliative Care nurse and holds a certificate in grief counseling from Marquette University. While nearing completion of her Master’s of Science in Nursing from Cardinal Stritch University with a focus on Nurse Education, she is working on a thesis about African American perceptions of suffering in a dying family member in hospice care. Kate says she is very grateful to Horizon Home Care & Hospice, Inc. for their collaboration in obtaining research study participants.
Kate carries her passion even outside of work. She belonged to a Milwaukee area bereavement coordinators consortium that focused on bereavement education and support within the community and has participated in many offerings of the Horizon Grief Resource Center - an excellent community resource.
Recently at CSM, Kate submitted an essay on the challenge of caring for her mother during her time in the Hospice and the insights, challenges and rewards of being a family member in the place she also provided care to others. Her essay was recognized and Kate received the honor of representing CSM at the Wisconsin Health Care Employee Pride Program’s recognition of employee pride and commitment.
Kate is grateful for the life
About working at the Hospice, Kate says, “Contrary to what many believe, hospice nurses tend to stay in end-of-life care for long periods of time. Many ask us why and how we do the difficult work that we do. I find great reward in the challenges of symptom-control and in providing support to patients and families in the end-of-life time. Patients and families in hospice care tend to be very honest and open and willing to share life stories and lessons. I am so grateful for the meaningful ‘life lessons’ that I learn each day in hospice.”
A letter of gratitude for care provided recently came Kate’s way and speaks beautifully to the experience Kate, and the rest of the staff at the Hospice, provide for their patients. It was written by the husband and children of a woman in her mid-40’s, who spent the last month of her life in hospice due to the challenges of advanced breast cancer. This patient’s family wrote about being treated with great compassion and professionalism. They expressed that everyone made sure their loved one was comfortable and that they, her family, were taken care of. “These people really cared about us. All of the hospice nurses were angels on earth,” they said, “they gently guided us through the upcoming steps which allowed us to prepare for her death. She died with dignity because she was always surrounded with compassion.”