Kerry Davis has been a Registered Nurse since 1989. She is proficient in caring for patients in a variety of settings; assuring issues are identified and well managed, while bridging communication between providers of care.
For the past decade, she has worked at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Cancer Center as well as a Geriatric Care Manager for MGH PrimeCare where she received exceptional training in the field and became certified in 2011. While at MGH, she also served on the Optimum Care (Ethics) Committee, helping to establish goals of care and bringing conflicting sides to agreement in difficult situations.
Kerry became a member of the Aging Life Care™Association (ALCA) in 2018. She founded Grace Life Care to incorporate her years of experience in caring for older adults. Kerry is inspired by those she cares for and is dedicated to helping older adults define their goals and achieve their best possible quality of life.
Kerry with her mother, Barbara, on Mother's Day 2018.
"I've learned so much from this beautiful lady who has always inspired me to reach further and given me the confidence to know I can accomplish all that I set out to do. She taught me everything I needed to know about being the best nurse I can be ... caring deeply for people, setting priorities, and how to get things done!"
A note from Kerry
In researching the symbolism of the starfish, I learned that it has many similar meanings across cultures throughout time. For example, Native Americans see it as a symbol of “strength and longevity with the ability to regenerate”, Romans viewed the five points to represent “physical wholeness” and in Christianity, a starfish is seen as a symbol for “calm over troubled waters”.
These seem to tie together my philosophies in caring for older adults. With respect to their strength and resilience, it is always my hope to gently guide elders through a difficult time by listening to what is important to them and implementing a plan to help them to feel whole again.
Another example of this can be learned from the Starfish Parable:
One day, an old man was walking along a beach filled with thousands of starfish that had been washed ashore by the high tide. As he walked he came upon a young girl who was eagerly throwing the starfish back into the ocean, one by one.
Puzzled, the man looked at the girl and asked what she was doing. Without looking up from her task, the girl simply replied, “I’m saving these starfish, Sir”.
The old man chuckled aloud, “My dear, there are thousands of starfish and only one of you. What difference can you make?’
The girl picked up a starfish, gently tossed it into the water and turned to the man, and said, “I made a difference to that one!”