Geriatric Nurse Consultant and Dementia Practitioner, Jeri Kraus RN_088

Jeri Kraus, RN
Geriatric Nurse Consultant

Planning ahead is important. But how do you plan ahead when you don’t know what you need? You enlist the help of a geriatric nurse consultant.

Jeri has spent her nursing career in the end of life space. From an early age, she was drawn to work with the elderly. And some personal experiences with dementia and death further fueled her passion. She offers her expertise as a geriatric care consultant on today’s show.

Tune in to today’s episode and learn:

  • What a geriatric nurse consultant is
  • Why you would need one
  • Why it’s important to talk about choices before the need arises
  • Why your aging/dying loved one needs an advocate
  • Learn some strategies for communicating with your loved one with dementia
  • How to find a geriatric nurse consultant

Find Jeri on LinkedIn

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The Role of Palliative Care in a COVID-19 Pandemic, with Jennifer Ballentine

Jennifer Moore Ballentine

Jennifer Moore Ballentine is the executive director of the Shiley Institute of Palliative Care at California State University. She recently wrote a very interesting piece about just the role of palliative care in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please tune in to this very important episode and get an education, not only about palliative care, but hear more about:

Find out more about the Shiley Institute here: or call 760-750-4006

Read Jennifer’s full article:

The Role of Palliative Care in a COVID-19 Pandemic

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Dialing Back the Fear of Death with Debra Diamond_087

Debra Daimond

Do you believe in life after death? If you do, you’re going to love this interview. If you don’t, you should listen to this interview. I firmly believe that Debra Diamond can decrease your fear of dying.

Debra Diamond is a former Wall Street money manager, turned psychic medium and death doula. On today’s show, she shares her experience as a death doula and hospice volunteer, sitting with the dying. Find out from her:

  • what the difference is between a psychic and a medium
  • what happened that brought our culture so far away (and afraid of) death?
  • About the difference between being unresponsive and being unconscious
  • what loved one’s in spirit do for the dying

Follow Debra on Twitter and Facebook

And get her books:

Diary of a Death Doula: 25 lessons the dying teach us about the afterlife

Life After Near Death

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Embracing the Inevitable with Julianne McDevitt RN_086

Julianne McDevitt RN

I love to talk to nurses. We practice in all areas of healthcare, so you can find a nurse to talk to for just about anything. Julianne is an expert RN, end of life doula, and advance care planning facilitator. She can help individuals identify their personal goals, options, and choices when it comes to end of life.

Listen today to learn:

  • What an end of life (death) doula is
  • What advance care planning facilitators are and how they can help you and your family
  • How many people over aged 65 will arrive in a hospital unable to speak for themselves, i.e. why this conversation is so important…
  • When YOU (we) should start advance care planning

Find Julianne here: and Facebook


The Story of LaCrosse WI (episode 15 of engAGING Conversations)

Being Mortal by Atul Gwande

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End of Life with Barbara Karnes RN_085

Barbara Karnes RN

Are we taking better care of our dying family members than we were 30 years ago? It’s a question I ask end of life expert, Barbara Karnes RN on today’s episode. She has been in this space, almost since the beginning of the movement, so she should know better than anyone.

Find out the answer to this question and more:

  • What is the key to reducing fear when talking about death?
  • Are families well supported by hospice today?
  • What is the most common way we die?
  • Is death painful?

Find Barbara on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube

And get her booklets:

Gone From My Sight–The Hospice Blue Book

Pain At End of Life

and other resources on her website

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