I’ve known since I was nine years old that I wanted to be a nurse – specifically a homecare nurse.
At the time, my grandmother had suffered a stroke that left her unable to function independently. She may have known she was shaping my future when she involved me in her care. At 9, I was providing personal and supportive care to Gram whenever I could.
Even before her own illness, Gram modeled caring for loved ones at home – Great Gram V. needed total care in the upstairs bedroom, while Great Gram T. needed help in the downstairs room.
When I visited Gram the first summer after her stroke, she let me stay in the room when her home health nurse visited. I saw the respect she had for her home care team, and the respect they had for her. They took care of her physical needs but also asked about her spiritual, emotional and social needs. I was hooked right then and wanted to do what that nurse did. She was wise and respectful, and she had a really cool nurse bag!
After high school, I attended Central Maine Medical Center’s School of Nursing as the first step in my educational journey. It was a good school and it was located a few blocks from Gram. I worked for several years in the hospital setting, always for MaineGeneral, and loved my work and the team at Thayer.
In 1991, I had the opportunity to give homecare a try and have been busy since then learning all I can about caring for patients and families in our communities. I can’t imagine being as fulfilled in any other line of work! I appreciate the opportunity to serve in a leadership role for MaineGeneral HomeCare & Hospice.
Laurie J. Bourgoin, RN, BSN, MBA, is a certified hospice and palliative care administrator and serves as administrative director of home health and hospice for MaineGeneral Health.