Learn about the unique stories gathered by a hospice nurse who works primarily on-call during after-hours shifts.
My guest Pepper Cappuccio is a registered nurse who has worked in hospice care for over 12 years. As an on-call nurse who frequently works evenings and weekends he is often present at the time of death for patients or shortly thereafter. He is the author of the book Warm Water: The Last Act of Compassion, which consists of stories of patients and families he has helped throughout the years as they navigate the last hours of life. He discusses the uniqueness of his work and shares stories about experiences in hospice that have changed his life. Learn more at his website:
This episode includes:
- How Pepper was inspired to become a hospice nurse
- Why he is willing to take night call for his hospice and how it differs from field work during the day
- How he uses music as a source of calming or inspiration in his work
- How he chose the stories he included in the book to represent a cross-section of patients served by hospice
- What it’s like to be a male nurse in a traditionally female profession
- Why families need support during the hours shortly after the death of a loved one
- What Pepper has learned from his hospice work and what he hopes readers will take away from his book
- Special stories of synchronicity from the book
Links mentioned in this episode:
- What Really Matters Podcast
- Pepper Cappuccio’s Blog
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