How Palliative Care Changed Everything for This Former Military Nurse
Carma Erickson-Hurt, DNP, ACHPN, uses education, clinical skills to ease suffering for people around the world
By Melanie Marshall
As a military nurse working on the oncology floor at Naval Medical Center San Diego, Carma Erickson-Hurt could see the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual suffering affecting patients and families in the throes of serious illness.
She felt there had to be a better way. And when she learned about palliative care, she knew she’d found it.
Now retired from the Navy, Erickson-Hurt devotes much of her life to educating other nurses and clinicians about palliative care, and to applying and teaching its whole-person model as a volunteer in disaster-relief efforts around the world.