2020

Published on July 07, 2020

Holzer Hospice Welcomes Social Worker

Nicole Crump

Nicole Crump, MSW, Holzer Hospice

Social work is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States with more than 700,000 social workers across the country. Seeking to improve the lives of their patients, social workers are available to aid with emotional support, counseling and assistance with community resources. Nicole Crump, MSW, Holzer Hospice, is an integral part of the staff providing assistance for patient and family needs.

Crump began working at Holzer Hospice in July of 2019. Prior to joining Holzer, Crump was a school counselor. She wanted to become a social worker because she enjoys helping others.

“Social work is something that has come natural and easy for me,” Crump said. “I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.”

Her knack for helping others has made her day-to-day duties as a social worker for Holzer Hospice something she looks forward to doing. Every day is different, which allows her to continually learn and develop new skills and contacts. Crump connects people with community resources, advocate for patient’s rights, provide emotional support, counseling and companionship to those who may be going through a hard time. In addition to her social work duties, Crump serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for Holzer Hospice.

“There’s a wide variety of different things I do and I love that,” Crump said.

Crump observes first-hand the adjustment individuals and families endure when referred to hospice. Through her social work skills, Crump is able to better the lives of patients and families by paying attention to emotional well-being and connecting the patients and their families with outside resources.

If someone is interested in becoming a social worker, Crump would encourage them to do some research and self-reflection on what type of population they would like to assist. “There are a lot of different options for social work services,” shared Crump. “Many universities have set up online options for social work degrees.”

Crump enjoys being a part of the Holzer Hospice staff. “I love my job and my co-workers are like family. Everyone is willing to help better the lives of our patients. If I had a family member that needed hospice care, I would be the first to recommend Holzer Hospice.”

Crump received her bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies and her Master of Social Work from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. She and her husband, James, reside in Mason, West Virginia, with their son, James (5), and a daughter, Evelyn (4). In her free time, she enjoys being a mom and spending time with her friends and family.

Holzer Hospice is a licensed, certified program that provides in-home along with contracted nursing home services to patients with life-limiting illnesses and families. The program officially began providing care to the southeastern Ohio region in 1994. Holzer Hospice provides services to the following counties in Ohio: Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Meigs, Vinton, and portions of Lawrence. If you are interested in learning more about Holzer hospice, visit www.holzer.org or call 740-446-5074.

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