Kim Vesey believes she was put on this earth to care for the dying and their families. She has been a hospice nurse for 30 years, providing care to over 1,000 patients and being present during the death of over 100 patients.
On October 16, Vesey spoke at the TEDxDayton 2015 event about how her professional and personal experiences have taught her to be present and live in the current moment. Her talk, entitled “First Breath, Final Breath,” examined how the two most sacred moments of life—birth and death—are treated in very different ways. Vesey encouraged the audience to honor the end of life as beautiful and to approach it with both their heads and their hearts.
She is currently vice president of mission support at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. She earned her BSN from Wright State in 1983. She also holds a master’s degree in health administration and is a certified spiritual director.