Nicole Leclerc grew up with her family in rural and picturesque Smithfield, Rhode Island, where she excelled in academics and enjoyed her favorite pastime of running track. Nicole’s favorite home movie shows her at four years old with flowers in bloom on a gorgeous spring day. She is playing and chatting with her mom when suddenly becomes serious, “Do you know what I want to do when I grow up? I want to help take care of sick people.”
After graduating from high school Nicole earned a Bachelors of Nursing degree at SalveReginaUniversity’s rigorous program. Coupled with her clinical training a foundation in the sciences, liberal arts and a dedication to lifelong learning, Nicole was well on the road to realizing her childhood dream.
After graduation she started her professional career at MiriamHospital in Rhode Island on their very busy Cardiac and Surgical floor. Nicole relocated to Fairhaven when she met her husband and became a nurse on the Progressive Care Unit at St. Luke’s Hospital. This experience helped her to realize that she felt most fulfilled when she was educating her patient’s and their families about transitioning home. During this time she became very close to one of her patients and his daughter.
The patient was George Breault and his daughter Kathy Gauthier. Kathy is the beloved receptionist at Community Nurse Home Care. Through Kathy, Nicole learned about the agency and the home care services Community Nurse provides. The more she learned the more she realized it was the place for her. Nicole joined our Bridge and Hospice team in 2012.
“Home Care is a natural fit for me. Caring for someone who is surrounded by their loved ones and who is in the comfort of their own home is extraordinary. To provide this kind of intimate care to a patient and their family is an invaluable gift for me – it creates absolutely irreplaceable moments and the most precious of encounters.”
How do her patients feel about her? Perhaps excerpts from the letters of family members of grateful patients say it best, “(Nicole) allowed my mother to pass away peacefully with dignity and grace on her own terms.… so respectful, compassionate and understanding of her need to remain independent and in control of her own body.” and “This young lady has done more for my wife, age 75, and me the old man of 81. She makes our day. She has a smile and she is everything we could ask for smart, caring – like family.”
Patricia Midurski is a registered nurse with over 30 years of experience. In 2002, Pat created our Alzheimer’s/Dementia program and is the coordinator of the Hope to Cope Program. She holds Train the Trainer and support group facilitator credentials from the Alzheimer’s Association and is a member of the Southeastern Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Partnership. Navigating the path of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia can be overwhelming. Pat’s program offers complimentary continuing in-home support and education to caregivers and their loved ones which includes education on behaviors and medications, what to expect as the disease progresses and how to prepare. This community funded program also offers information about other services in the community, support groups, transportation services, health care proxies, home safety and adult day health centers.
Pat has lived in Acushnet with her husband Pete for the past twenty years. She is a strong supporter of many community organizations including the Girl Scouts, Gifts to Give and Soldier’s Helpers. She also volunteers at her local church. Pats hobbies include gardening, reading and spending time with her daughters. Pat is also an avid equestrian and she can often be found in her barn enjoying the company of her horse Miss. Dixie.
A native of Vermont, Lissl has been worked in Human Resources for the past twelve years. Lissl attended University of Vermont and Johnson State College earning her Bachelor’s degree in Education and Psychology with the intent of becoming a teacher but became interested in Human Resources through her first job experience in training. She made an official switch to Human Resources in 2001 and cemented her commitment to this career choice by obtaining a Professional of Human Resources certificate in 2007.
Lissl joined Community Nurse Home Care in April of 2010 after working for nine years at Veolia Water North America in their Warwick, RI, Smithfield, RI and New Bedford offices.
Her choice to join Community Nurse was initially driven by the sheer proximity to her house, but upon joining the Community team and learning more about home and hospice care she finds her job incredibly rewarding. As the Payroll & Human Resources Administrator, she meets all new hires when she conducts their initial orientation. She is also probably the most popular person every other week when she hand delivers paychecks to the majority of our employees and/or their departments personally. Lissl has an extremely creative streak and is an active member of the Employee Committee.
Lissl lives in Dartmouth with her two children aged 8 and 10 and her husband of 11½ years. Her family supports our local farmers by eating local food when available and eating at restaurants that use local food. In her spare time, she likes to camp, take nature walks with her dog and go to the beach as much as possible with her family.
Barbara Canuel, Registered Dietician, MPH
Barbara joined Community Nurse Home Care in 2011 bringing her extensive knowledge of dietitian services to our home bound patients. For the past twenty-two years Barbara has worked extensively across the healthcare continuum, in acute care hospital settings, outpatient oncology centers and home care. Barbara feels that educating people in their homes is the most rewarding, because it gives her the opportunity to empower her patients with real world strategies to help manage their disease process through the foods they eat.
Barbara received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and completed her dietetic internship to become a registered dietitian. Barbara discovered she also has a passion for public health education and went on to receive her Masters Degree in Public Health with a concentration in social and behavioral sciences, from Boston University.
She has also taken her knowledge out into our community and has worked with many of the local councils on aging to present “food labels 101” an introduction to the sometimes confusing food labeling system. Barbara provides consultations on the first Tuesday of the month at the Community Nurse Home Care Wellness Center located at the Fairhaven Council on Aging.
Deborah Osuch, MSN, RN
Deborah has thirty-nine years of nursing experience and has worked across various areas of health care including hospice, geriatric care management and home healthcare. She has been with Community Nurse Home Care for the past twelve years. Her current position of Performance Improvement Coordinator includes responsibilities for new employee orientation, staff education, risk management, safety, quality assurance, regulatory compliance and clinical record review.
Deb often brings her extensive knowledge of home care into the community by providing complimentary community workshops on a wide variety of health related topics. She also facilitates a number of professional Continuing Education Units that are for nurses. Click here to view both the professional and community education topics Deb presents. Deb lives in Fairhaven and in her spare time she enjoys singing with the Sippican Choral Society, playing the guitar, knitting and spending time with her family.
It was very apparent to everyone who knew Lisa while she was growing up that she would become a nurse. As a small child she would often rescue and tenderly treat sick animals, she was the first to volunteer to care for an ill loved one and even now she cares for her elderly grandmother. Six and a half years ago Lisa brought her caring and generous spirit to Community Nurse Home Care.
Lisa initially joined Community Nurse Home Care as a part-time employee but soon moved into a couple of key positions. She is our public health nurse for the towns of Fairhaven and Acushnet, as well as the Tele-Medicine Nurse for our specialty Congestive Heart Failure program. And if you have ever attended one of our many local blood pressure clinics – you have already met Lisa! Lisa lives in Wareham and in her spare time enjoys hanging out with her family, and photography. Click Here for a schedule of Lisa’s Blood pressure clinics in your area.
Kathy Bohan RN, MPH
Kathy grew up in New Bedford, in a very medically oriented family, her father was a dentist and her mother was a nurse. Kathy’s first job after nursing school was in 1972 working for a visiting nurse association in Eastern Kentucky, where she had to drive a jeep into the hallows to complete medical outreach with the most isolated populations in the state.
Kathy has always worked in Public Health and has a passion for preventive medicine. Her past Nursing jobs have included Baltimore City Health Department, school nursing, DPH/ Teen Parenting home visiting nurse, then a senior manager of a large non-profit who focus was community out reach and health education across the socioeconomic , gender and age divides.Kathy’s office is located in the John Bullard Wellness center in South Dartmouth and is available for any Dartmouth residents who have concerns about their health or the health of a loved one. Click here for a schedule of blood pressure clinics for Dartmouth residents.