Carolyn Cole, RN, BSN, Registered Nurse. Community Mental Health Nurse and Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse.

Get to know a Registered Nurse, who specializes in Community Mental Health as well as Hospice and Palliative care, Carolyn Cole, who serves patients in New York.

Carolyn is a registered nurse, who works as a hospice and palliative nurse currently affiliated with Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care in New York. The mission of Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care is to make life easier for patients and families facing serious illness or end of life by providing choices, dignity, and compassionate care. Carolyn is also a community mental health nurse who works for the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities.

As a registered hospice and palliative nurse, as well as a community mental health nurse, Carolyn provides medical care to individuals in the community and hospice type settings. Carolyn earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the State University of New York at Delhi.

Carolyn was awarded the Heroes Award by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) for her disaster relief efforts in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. She also received a Citation from a politician for her time spent there. Carolyn is certified in Basic Life Support as an instructor. Carolyn is a member of the New York State Nurses Association and the American Federation of Teachers. She is also a union member of the Public Employee Federation, and works as a union counsel leader, co-chair of the Statewide Nurses Committee, Executive Board member and is appointed on the American Federation of Teachers PPC committee to represent all NYS nurses st the national level. 

Carolyn had always wanted to work in the medical field. She was a candy-striper when she was younger; however, it wasn’t until her mother fell ill that she finally decided to become a nurse. She attributes her success to her drive, as well as pushing through doubts and always being a patient advocate. 

A registered nurse (RN) is a nurse who has graduated from a nursing program and met the requirements outlined by a country, state, province or similar licensing body to obtain a nursing license. RNs fulfill a variety of job duties. In addition to their primary role of treating and caring for patients, their responsibilities also include educating patients and the public about a variety of medical conditions, as well as providing emotional support and advice to the families of their patients. Other RN job functions include performing diagnostic tests and analyzing results, operating medical equipment, administering medications, recording patients’ symptoms and medical histories, as well as assisting with patient rehabilitation and follow-up. 

A hospice and palliative nurse specializes in treating patients while they are dealing with end of life issues, usually in a setting outside of the hospital. Many of these nurses work for hospice organizations and also help with making community resources available. The family of the dying patient is also helped by them.

A Community Mental Health nurse specializes in caring for individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health issues who live outside of institutions. Many of these nurses work under the auspices of New York State. They allow the disabled to live in their homes in the community. 

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