Nancy York Putnam, MSN, FNP, grew up in Aroostook County, was educated in Maine, and works as a family nurse practitioner in her hometown of Houlton. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Husson College, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Maine and completed a fellowship at the Andrew Weil School of Integrative medicine focusing on melding eastern and western medicine. Nancy is employed at Houlton Family Practice, where she cares for persons throughout the lifespan. During her 25 years of family practice, she has used a holistic and preventive healthcare approach.
“I became interested in the House of Comfort initially because I wanted to know more about its operation and align myself, and therefore my practice, with such a worthy cause. I strongly support the Hospice philosophy from both my nurse practitioner perspective and my personal experience. As a family nurse practitioner, I follow persons throughout the lifespan, including until the time of their death. My experience has taught me that when cure is not possible, leaving mortal existence in peace and comfort becomes the focus of treatment. Palliative care and Hospice fulfill that need. The Aroostook House of Comfort is unique to the area and new to many persons. The more I know about this organization, the more persuasive I can be with patients and families who could benefit from the service.
I consider Board membership a privilege. I am grateful for your offer of a position where I may serve my community while helping families at the end of their lives. A Board such as this provides an opportunity to expand and learn through new friendships and other professions. And finally, as a health care clinician, I may also be able to offer professional advice.”