What could be scarier than not getting enough air to breathe? Michele Hart, RN, BSN helps people to breathe easier.
“I enjoy making a positive difference in the lives of my patients at Baystate Medical Center, many of whom are struggling to get their breath back – patients who have chronic pulmonary obstructive disease, lung cancer, cystic or pulmonary fibrosis and other lung diseases, including some who have recently undergone a lung transplant,” says Michele, a pulmonary nurse clinician in Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
She Loves Teaching
“We teach them what they need to know, so that they can self-manage their lung disease. It may be how to take their medications correctly, how to eat right, exercising properly, or learning different breathing techniques to help control any shortness of breath they may be having,” she adds, noting she “really enjoys” the education component of nursing.
When she isn’t working, Michele manages to fill her spare time with such fun activities as reading. She recently finished the New York Times best seller “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah. When she isn’t delving into a book, you can find her bicycle riding alongside her husband and the rail trail in Westfield.
“We’ve made it to Southwick on our bicycles, but we’re still pushing to reach Connecticut,” says Michele.
In Her Spare Time
She and her husband, Andy, also keep busy in the fall months by traveling to watch their daughter, Abby, play soccer for Simmons College. Michele is also mother to son Christopher.
Michele also devotes her time helping others, first as a volunteer for the Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition educating people on ways to manage their asthma, and as part of the Meals Ministry at St. Mary’s Church in Westfield, putting meals together on the weekends for the homebound and baking cookies to include with the meals as an extra treat.
Photo: Michele Hart, RN, BSN, assists pulmonary patient Diane Baldyga on the treadmill in the pulmonary gym.