Get To Know…Mary Najera, RN Case Manager

| By Jodi Horton

Editor’s Note: This is the first in our new series of short interviews with some of our Casa staffers. This column features people who keep things running behind the scenes and those who are on the “front lines,” providing care to our patients. All of the Casa employees have been asked to answer five questions. The first three emphasize their hospice care work and the last two give you just a little taste of who they are besides a hospice worker.

Mary Najera, RN Case Manager

Q: What brought you to hospice care?

A: I came to hospice because I watched the hospice nurses that cared for my grandfather as I was going to nursing school years ago, and knew that I wanted to be like them and assist the patient and families through such a difficult time.

Q: What is your goal in your position?

A: I want to become a senior team member that can eventually advise/mentor newer RN case managers.

Q: In your opinion, what value does hospice bring to healthcare?

A: Hospice brings compassion to the forefront of patient care without negating the clinical component—making care more holistic and meaningful.

Q: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

A: I love weight training and hanging out with my two grown girls.

Q: If you could meet anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

A: It would be my son. I gave up a son for adoption 18 years ago, and if I had the chance to meet anyone, it would be him.

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