We wrote our book and established this site to make it easier for those who step forward to provide care in their home for a family member or friend, while not themselves being trained medical professionals. One can manage something without being an expert, but it does require a working knowledge of the major concepts and the implementation of some variety of systematization.
About Douglas Winslow Cooper, Ph.D.
Having managed nursing care at home for my wife, bedridden with multiple sclerosis for over two decades, with around-the-clock skilled nursing for the past eleven years, involving ventilator use and gastric tube feeding and medicating, I [DWC] decided to prepare this book to help others succeed in managing nursing care at home care for themselves and their loved ones. I am a retired physicist with a long-standing interest in management, and one who takes pleasure in writing. My former positions included being an Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Public Health, where I was Director of the Environmental Health management Program.
HOW TO MANAGE NURSING CARE AT HOME tells its readers what to expect and gives them the necessary information and structure, in terms of needed forms, “charts,” to oversee the nursing care given by R.N.s and L.P.N.s.
We invite our readers to contact us with questions and with recommendations for our subsequent publications on providing nursing care at home.
Douglas Winslow Cooper, Ph.D.
About Diane R. Beggin, R.N.
Diane R. Beggin, R.N., has been our head nurse since 2004, and she has developed many of the systems and documents we have used to care for my wife and also, for the past several years, to care for my bedridden, nearly-100-year-old mother.
Originally hoping to become a veterinarian, but unable to finance achieving that goal, Diane R. Beggin’s earliest professional career was in the financial industry. She started working in a Dean Witter Reynolds branch office (now Morgan Stanley) in California and later transferred to the World Trade Center in New York, where she became a vice-president in operations. While a manager, she found that organizational skills and development of intra-departmental documentation proved vital.
Diane “retired” from this successful career to raise a family. When her children were young, she returned to school for a career in nursing. After graduating with her R.N. from Orange County Community College (SUNY Orange), winning the Spirit of Nursing Award from the Army Nurse Corps, and being recognized for her officer roles in the Nursing Club and Phi Theta Kappa, Diane began her career as a Professional Register Nurse [R.N.] directly in the critical care unit.
A disabling injury prevented her from continuing in hospital-based nursing. Soon afterward, In the fall of 2004, Diane began working for Dr. Cooper to assist in the skilled nursing care in their home of his wife, who was expected to survive only a few months, but who has survived for eleven more years.
Over these past eleven years, Diane has continued to work both part-time for the Coopers and in other nursing venues. Diane, as head nurse for Dr. Cooper, has used her training and experience to establish the documentation and protocols used in the daily practice of caring for two quadriplegic, ventilator–dependent patients in the home. She also completes the quarterly physician orders and extensive semi-annual insurance reports detailing the clinical status for Mrs. Cooper to justify her continued medical insurance benefits.
Diane Beggin has collaborated in the preparation of this book in hopes that it will prove of value to others seeking to manage nursing care in the home. She is currently available for consulting on such matters.
Diane R. Beggin, R.N.
40 Sycamore Drive
Montgomery, NY 12549