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  • One Foot in Heaven, Journey of a Hospice Nurse

  • By: Heidi Telpner
  • Narrated by: Lori J. Moran
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
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Summary

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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  • MeDi
  • 29-03-15

One foot in heaven

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Awakened Spirit
  • 29-04-15

Interesting book

Not what I was expecting but it was very interesting to listen to! I don't know that I would personally recommend it, but overall... Not bad.

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  • Susan
  • 27-03-15

A celebration of life from a real angel

I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this book. There is so much misinformation about hospice, including from myself. My mother passed with hospice care. I loved the care the women gave to my mother, but was not totally aware of their purpose in this event. After she passed, my sister-in-law decided to join the hospice group as an RN. She told me so many stories, both sad and inspiring. As soon as I finished this book I called her and told her to read it! And then to record her experiences so she could write a book, also. I loved the stories, both the disgusting and the blessings. Everyone is going to come to the end of life, so this is a book everyone should read, now before you arrive there. I loved this book

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  • Sonya
  • 11-08-22

Made me laugh made me cry. very insightful

I had heard Heidi tell about her horse riding accident before listening to this book on Randy Kay near death experiences. I loved the Book! To peek into someone's vocation and so many of her experiences with death as matter of fact yet she come away not unaffected but changed and I think able to love more deeply and certainly appreciate life more fully. The only thing she said toward the very end was something about 'all paths lead back to God" Which I totally disagree with as Jesus himself said (NLT) "You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way." Matthew 7:13 If we all just 'go back to God' there would have been no need for Jesus to suffer and die on a cruel cross. Jesus said in John 14:6 (NLT) "Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me." So sad as it might be we all don't just "end up in heaven" or find peace when we die. That is a choice we each must make for ourselves. Great book 2 thumbs up!!

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  • Shiloy Harrington
  • 29-03-22

Thanks for sharing

I am a nurse and have thought being a Hospice nurse could be my calling, this was a wonderful journey, congratulations on all your achievements!!!