Hospice of Chattanooga - Hospice Care Center
Creating Moments that Matter
Four years ago, Tannille King began her role as a hospice nurse. “I provide holistic care to patients with a terminal diagnosis, as well as to those whose full-time caregiver is temporarily unavailable,” she shares. “There’s a lot to love about this profession; I especially enjoy listening to patients and their families discuss some of the most memorable times and watching them smile as they release the fear of death and embrace the remembrance of life.” King has experienced many memorable moments herself, but one in particular stands out: “I had an 84-year-old patient who had to be away from his wife for eight days because she had surgery and complications. They had never been apart for longer than a day since they were married. Once she was discharged, I was able to help reunite them. It was beautiful.”
East Tennessee State University – Johnson City, TN
1. What does your day-to-day look like?
I work at the Hospice Care Center, which is an inpatient unit that provides hospice care for patients with uncontrollable symptoms such as uncontrolled pain, respiratory distress, and terminal restlessness. We provide high-quality nursing care to patients; education regarding disease trajectory, end of life, treatment, and emotional care; and support to patients and their families.
2. What do you love most about your profession?
I love providing care, compassion, and support to those in need.
3. What’s the key to making a great first impression?
A sincere smile makes a great impression.
4. What would you consider to be your main strengths?
My main strengths are compassion and the courage
to advocate for my patients.
5. What influenced you to pursue your career?
My inspiration to become a nurse came from personal experiences that included the death of my dad due to illness and providing wound care to my uncle after an accident.