Jan has worked as a nurse for over 33 years within the intersection of quality of life and end of life, and she is deeply curious about what creates and sustains wellbeing throughout the human experience.
Her initiation into the world of death and dying came during nursing school as an unexpected calling. She had started school with the intention of becoming a midwife and helping birth babies. But then she heard this clear call to serve instead as a midwife for the dying. Since that time, Jan has never looked back. Her work trajectory has taken her from the bedside of hospice and palliative care patients to supporting the wellbeing of caregivers, and now into the larger community to further open our cultural conversation about end of life.
Jan’s current work is as an Integrative Nurse Coach around the practice of wellbeing in aging, illness, and dying -- supporting people in navigating serious illness, helping families to talk more openly about end-of-life priorities, and providing health coaching for both professional and personal/family caregivers.
She also serve as faculty for the International Nurse Coach Association, including the Integrative Nurse Coach certificate programs, an End-of-Life Nurse Coaching program in collaboration with the New York Open Center, and co-created an advanced training program called Coaching Conversations for People Living with Chronic & Advanced Illness.
She loves to work with deepening practices and reflections on aging and dying. It not only serves to better prepare us for a more intentional end of life—it also seems to clarify and transform how we live the time we have. Jan served as co-faculty for a course in the Washington, DC area called Sacred Journey: Being Present with Aging, Illness & Dying, in collaboration with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC, and is a current faculty for the monthly retreat program called Companioning the Dying: Opening Fully to Living. Additionally, she’s led workshops and given presentations on the transformational possibilities of end-of-life work at places like the Alcyon Center, the New York Open Center’s Art of Dying conference, and the Integrative Healthcare Symposium.