TPV resident named 2016 Hospice Nurse of the Year

Ann Schneidman, a pulmonary clinical nurse specialist at Hospice of the Valley, has been honored as 2016 Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse of the Year by the national Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center based in Pittsburgh.

Ann Schneidman

Ann Schneidman

The award will be presented in March during a Chicago convention of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.

Ms. Schneidman lives in Paradise Valley.

In her 10 years at HOV, Ms. Schneidman directed the Pulmonary Resource program, training nurses at clinical offices and palliative care units in dyspnea (breathlessness) management and interventions.

She has created educational videos, published articles in professional journals and is a leader in the American Thoracic Society, chairing the Clinicians Advisory Committee.

In the Valley, Ms. Schneidman meets with community pulmonologists to discuss ways to help their patients with advanced lung disease. She also works closely with neurologists, specialty clinics and the ALS Association in addressing the special challenges faced by those with ALS.

“Ann Schneidman has contributed to the comfort of literally thousands of patients suffering from complex pulmonary diseases,” wrote Susan Levine, executive director of Hospice of the Valley, in a letter of support.

“Through her compassionate consultation, she has assisted with management of respiratory distress and the more complex pulmonary equipment now utilized in end-of-life care.”

In addition to her professional expertise, Ms. Schneidman was cited for the personal connection she makes with patients.

“She is a perceptive listener and skilled communicator with everyone she touches, from direct caregivers to specialty physicians,” wrote nominator Barb Schmal, a resource nurse for Hospice of the Valley. “Her humor, practical assistance and expertise have equipped so many to face great difficulty.”

David Butler, executive medical director, wrote: “Ann’s patient, thoughtful and calm approach with patients/families with high anxiety has been therapeutic of itself and she is consulted commonly for this reason.”

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