CNA, Transitions Coordinator
When you ask a child what they want to do when they grow up, most will have no clue. But for Kayla Bucholz, making a difference and helping others was always on the agenda.
Kayla was born in Pendleton, Oregon, but has lived in Prineville since she was a year old. She knew she wanted to be a nurse from when she was a child, so after she graduated high school, Kayla began taking nursing school prerequisites. Kayla got her license as a Certified Nursing Assistant and went right to work at Regency Rehabilitation Center. However, the number of patients she saw daily combined with the long hours left her tired and unfulfilled. Kayla wanted more time with her patients to get to know them better and provide the highest quality of care.
Thankfully, in 2014, Kayla was encouraged by a friend to apply to Hospice of Redmond as a CNA. Kayla was delighted to see that she would have much more time to spend with patients in a hospice setting and jumped at the opportunity.
After a few years as CNA Kayla decided that her passion for patients could be utilized within the Transitions program.
As Transitions Coordinator, Kayla makes a difference in the lives of the clients and families she serves. Kayla is a resource during a time that is rife with uncertainty.
For each client , Kayla can sit down with them to identify where they are and where they want to be. She then provides resources for making that happen. One day she may join a client or family member on a tour of facilities that provide end-of-life care. On another, she may help a veteran get benefits and navigate the VA system. Seeing the look of relief on her clients ’ and families’ faces is highly rewarding and joyful to Kayla. She believes that being able to serve Transitions clients in this capacity is the greatest job imaginable.
Outside of work, Kayla likes to travel. She particularly enjoys going camping and visiting the Dunes with her family.