Episode #6: John Mastrojohn on Hospice and Palliative Care

John Mastrojohn, COO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Hospice: it’s not just a place to die. In today’s episode, we sit down with John Mastrojohn, chief operating officer for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) to discuss his personal nursing journey and explore hospice and palliative care as a career option.

John holds two master’s degrees — one in nursing administration and one in business administration, which makes him uniquely qualified to understand the challenges of leading this large organization without losing sight of the nursing principles of compassionate, holistic, patient-centered care that nursing is built on.

Early in his career, John worked with HIV and AIDS patients, which eventually led him to hospice care. He was astounded by the care provided for the terminally ill. This philosophy of care really resonated with him, and led him to where he is today.

In Today’s Episode

  • John’s healthcare journey from orderly to RN to master’s degree.
  • How he discovered hospice care and never looked back.
  • An in-depth look at what hospice really is, and how it’s not just a place to die.
  • The difference between palliative care and hospice.
  • Why you should consider a career in hospice.

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More About The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization was formed in 1978 as the National Hospice Organization and underwent in a name change in 2000 to include Palliative Care. This organization is committed to improving end-of-life care and expanding services to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for the terminally ill and their families.

Headquartered in Virginia, NHPCO develops public and professional education programs and materials to enhance understanding and availability of hospice and palliative care, and engages in research, reporting, regulatory monitoring, and collaboration with other organizations that share an interest in end of life care.

NHPCO’s consumer site, CaringInfo.org provides consumer education and information on hospice care delivery, values, legal issues, and more. This site also offers sections for Caregivers, Advance Care Planning, Choosing a Hospice Organization, Grief and Loss, and includes links to many other valuable resources.

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Patricia Laramee, RN is an author, CNA instructor and small business owner. She enjoys creating educational videos, writing textbooks and working with instructors to empower students.