NURSES’ WEEK: Ray wanted to make a difference

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Comfort Care Hospice’s Kim Ray has been a registered nurse for 18 years.

Ray said she attended Wallace Community College for her nursing education.

“I had worked in the ER as a registration clerk and really got to see that side of nursing,” she said. “That called me to it. Nursing is ever changing. There is no way to be bored. So many things you can do with nursing. I really felt like I could make a difference.”

Ray said she’s worked at Comfort Care Hospice for five years.

“Being a nurse for so long – my background is in cardiac and open heart. I saw a lot of people back and forth in the hospital. There were things being done to them as opposed to for them. There is dignity in dying and not everyone want to do that in the hospital. Some people prefer to do it at home.”

Ray said she was looking to come home, as she had been a traveling nurse.

“I had known Vickie Wacaster for years,” she said.

Comfort Care Hospice hired her, where she serves as the patient care coordinator.

“I feel like this is right where I needed to be,” she said. “It’s not for everyone.”