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August 08th 2012:Transitions: An Interview with Becki Hawkins

When you’ve compassionately aided people to leave the planet for 30 years—helped them be comfortable, reduced their pain and listened to their words—what emerges is not just a way of dying, but also a way of living. That’s what Becki Hawkins discovered in her uplifting and beautiful new book, TRANSITIONS: A Nurse’s Education About Life and Death. Hawkins, who spent the heart of her career as an oncology and hospice nurse in Oklahoma, offers tenderly-rendered short recollections of those experiences that stayed with her…the one’s that touched her heart, took her breath away and opened

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Becki Hawkins

Becki Hawkins is a natural storyteller and a great listener. She brought those gifts with her as she sat by the bedside of seriously ill or terminally ill patients for more than 30 years as an oncology and hospice nurse. And it is her compassion and warmth that encouraged so many of her charges to share their heartfelt thoughts and experiences with her. Hawkins began her career as a nurse’s aide at age 19, and that exposure to the nursing profession inspired her to get a degree in nursing. Unusual for someone so young, she chose to start her career in the Oncology Unit in a large city hospital. She progressed to Outpatient Oncology, Hospice, and eventually became a Hospice Chaplain.
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