Valencia Chicoine, NP
NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program
Baystate Health Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice
Baystate Health Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice serves patients ranging from children on ventilators to the elderly. Some are recovering from illness or surgery while others are receiving end of life care. This NURSE Corps-approved site, located in Springfield, MA, has been in operation for more than 100 years, and serves patients from Hampden, Hampshire, and western Worcester counties.
Valencia is a registered nurse, but decided to go back to obtain her advanced practice nursing degree in 2010. She received her family nurse practitioner degree from the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT.
Valencia believes she is in the right place to pursue her passion to help patients with cardiac disease. As a heart failure specialist, she is leading a program to help patients with congestive heart failure learn to care for themselves by providing them with better knowledge of the disease and how to manage its symptoms. The prevalence of heart failure in her community is wide spread. The site hired Valencia to serve as a liaison between physicians and other providers and their patients in a home setting to provide comprehensive disease management with the ultimate goal of reducing hospital re-admission rates.
The site is especially appreciative of her ability to be the primary consult to other nurses who take care of the patients in the home on a daily basis. Valencia loves the teaching aspect of helping her patients to self-manage their own conditions in their homes. An example of her work that touched other diagnoses includes anti-coagulation therapy consultation for a patient recently released from the hospital after orthopedic surgery. She also provided nutritional and fluid management consultation to the team of in-home nurses who care for a patient with complex co-morbidities including congestive heart failure, kidney transplant, knee amputee rehabilitation, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Valencia is grateful to the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program for the financial support she has received to practice nursing as a certified nurse practitioner and intends to remain at her site after her service obligation concludes.