Together as One | Annel, Brenda and Ruth - OnePoint Patient Care

Together as One | Annel, Brenda and Ruth

Our “Together as One” series spotlights nurses, physicians, pharmacists and others who positively impact the lives of hospice patients and their families every day. Through the dedicated and compassionate work of these inspiring professionals, patients receive the high-quality care and attentive consideration they deserve. Together with innovative and responsive hospice partners, they create the network of support so essential to hospice care. We invite you to meet the people behind the mission—and see what one can do.

Annel Grizzard


Brenda Vierra


Ruth Galbadon

Hospice El Paso

El Paso, TX

What inspired you to become a nurse?

Annel: My inspiration to become a nurse came from my aunt, who taught me the importance of caring for and advocating for others. Her compassion and dedication left a lasting impression on me.

Brenda: My aunt Olga and Lily were nurses and I wanted to be just like them, they always spoke greatly about nursing.

Ruth: My grandpa got sick and needed dialysis. However, since he was in Mexico, he was not able to get the care he needed and unfortunately, he passed away. After that moment, I decided I wanted to become a nurse.

How did you come to work in hospice specifically?

Annel: I was introduced to hospice care by a good friend who opened a hospice facility and needed a nurse. We partnered up, and I embraced the opportunity to make a significant impact in this specialized field.

Brenda: I applied when I sensed that hospice was possibly one of my callings and I should be working in hospice. I couldn’t picture myself doing anything different.

Ruth: My friend was working in hospice and she talked to me about how much she liked it and how rewarding it was.

What has been your favorite or proudest moment as a nurse?

Annel: My proudest moments are those interactions with patients and their families. Being able to provide comfort and support during such a critical time in their lives is incredibly fulfilling.

Brenda: It makes me proud to see my patients comfortable; physically and spiritually. Their last moments should be spent with their families or themselves and should not focus on pain, anxiety or other discomforts.

Ruth: I’m sure every person would say their favorite moment about being a nurse would be helping people, but I can truly say that my favorite moment as a nurse is when I made a difference in a family or patient’s life.

In what ways (if any) is Nursing different than what you imagined?

Annel: Initially, I had no specific expectations and was unsure if I could handle the emotional aspects of nursing. However, I decided to go for it, and it’s been one of the most rewarding decisions of my life.

Brenda: I expected nursing to be harder but experience, continued growth in education and wisdom in the career have made nursing easier for me.

Ruth: Before I became a nurse, I thought it was just about taking care of people, but there is more behind the scenes of the care, such as documentation.

Do you have any advice for someone considering a career in hospice?

Annel: To thrive in hospice care, one must be genuinely compassionate and possess strong interpersonal skills to effectively work with patients and their families. It’s about providing not just medical care but emotional support.

Brenda: Hospice is a calling and you will know it in your heart once you start.

Ruth: I would always say, “Do it!” It’s one of the best choices I have ever made.

How do you keep from getting overwhelmed in your busy day-to-day?

Annel: To manage daily stresses, I make time for impromptu visits with my patients, like having coffee together. These moments are not just therapeutic for the patients but immensely gratifying for me as well.

Brenda: I spend time with my family, I try to go on walks with my dogs, yoga, or just simply get lost in a great book.

Ruth: I try to do the best I can; also, we have an amazing team, and we help each other out.

Have there been any patients or families that have been particularly memorable? How so?

Annel: Many patients and families have touched my heart. Over time, they have become like family to me. Delivering remembrance boxes has been a poignant activity that brings both joy and closure to the families and me.

Brenda: There are too many to count, once in a while I will daydream to a specific memory about them, and it takes me back.

Ruth: Yes! There have been families that are very sweet and grateful for everything we do.

Has your work influenced how you think about death? In what ways?

Annel: My upbringing in a very Catholic family taught me to view death not as a moment of sadness but as one of joy and transition. My faith has certainly shaped how I perceive and handle the realities of death in hospice care, making the process smoother for me and comforting for those I care for.

Brenda: My work teaches me to not take anything for granted, appreciate the little things in life and live in the moment.

Ruth: Definitely! I always thought death was so sad and scary, but now I know that it can be something so special to have your family member at home, comfortable with no pain, and you can spend every moment with them until their last breath.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Annel: In my free time, I find solace in cleaning my home and spending quality time with my family. These activities help me relax and rejuvenate, preparing me for the challenges of my profession.

Brenda: Spend as much time with family.

Ruth: I’m a mom of four kids. Free time? What is that?!