Throughout the skills he learned and the network he nurtured at CPI, Mike secured an opportunity to interview at Hospice (with Kelley Clem, who, as fate would have it, was the lecturer all those years ago). For the first time in 10 years, they were offering a nurse residency program for new nurses. Mike, along with four others, were now “New Nurses” in this program.
Through the residency program, Mike was trained in the many types of services Hospices offers: palliative care for patients with chronic but not life-ending illnesses; home care, where people under Hospice care are treated at home, with the help of their family; and the HIU, or Hospice Inpatient Unit, for patients with severe symptoms that need to be managed or receive general treatment for a short period of time. After the residency program, the nurses are placed in one of these areas and finish their training on the job. Mike is now working at the Hospice Inpatient Unit in Buffalo at the main campus.
Every person has his or her own journey. Today, Mike has no regrets about his decision. His success is not salary-based; it is derived from helping patients and their families at the most critical stage of life.
CPI helped Mike at different stages along his career path, from finding an immediate corporate job to building a strong network that would eventually connect him to his life-changing career.