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Meet Grane Staff: Denise Ruser, BSN, RN, CHPN

Health care has always been a part of my life. I started in health care as a veterinary nurse, having practiced for 10 years with some incredible veterinarians, veterinary nurses/techs, and assistants. Working with animals taught me a lot about compassion and patience which furthered my interest in health care in the human world. I went back to school, earned my Associate of Science in Nursing degree, passed the boards exams to achieve my RN license, and a few years later, went on to earn my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

At the beginning of my nursing career, I worked as a staff nurse on a medical/oncology unit of a local hospital. During my tenure, I had the opportunity to care for hospice patients and their families and discovered end-of-life care is truly important. I found this opportunity rewarding and incredibly meaningful to me. In addition, during my time with the medical oncology unit, I cared for one of my loved ones with end-stage metastatic cancer. This experience gave me insight into what a profound period that end-of-life is and how crucial it is to provide the best possible care during this time. The care provided during this time will be forever imprinted on the families and loved ones left behind.

After my loved one’s passing, I rejoined the medical/oncology unit where, again, I stepped back into providing care for hospice patients. A year later, I made the decision to pursue hospice nursing full time as an RN Case Manager. I have held a variety of roles since rejoining hospice, including field RN Case Manager, Clinical management, and now I am the Intake Coordinator for Grane Hospice Care. I also earned my Certification in Hospice and Palliative Nursing and annually attend the Clinical Practice Forum hosted by the Hospice and Palliative Nursing Association. Hospice care is my passion and I cannot imagine doing anything else!

I have been with Grane Hospice for more than 2 years and I can truly say I have found my second home. The Grane Hospice team not only passionately advocates for their patients and families but also for their employees. Grane Hospice knows what is best for patients and caregivers and provides the best possible care. I’m proud of the skill and ability that my team shows and would, without hesitation, entrust the care of a loved one with them. I look forward to continuing my journey with the extraordinary people at Grane Hospice Care, and my continued work with our patients, families, and teams.

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