About Sharon McCullough, RN, CEOLD
|Sharon has been a licensed Registered Nurse since 2010. She worked in a skilled nursing facility, group homes, schools, and as a RN Home Hospice Case Manager in a variety of settings: from hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living and independent living communities to private homes.
After being a patient facing her mortality in 2015, Sharon trained and became certified as an End-of-Life Doula (CEOLD). She is passionate about starting conversations, planning for and documenting end-of-life care wishes while a person is well, to provide advocacy and support for individuals and families facing chronic or terminal diagnosis.
She is a member of: the National End of Life Doula Alliance (NEDA); Professional Doula International, National End-Of-Life Doula Certificate (PDI NPEC); Connecticut Coalition To Improve End-Of-Life Care; Gateway Community College Nursing Advisory Committee; and Phi Theta Kappa. She is trained in “Helping at the Moment of Death” by Clear Light Society and is a Certified Reiki practitioner.
Sharon’s professional role as an end-of-life doula (EOLD), focuses less on the technical, medical and hands-on aspects of care, but provides non-medical, holistic and individualized care, education and support services to individuals and their loved ones facing death. By promoting end-of-life conversations, she helps individuals define physical, social, emotional, spiritual and relationship goals relating to “quality of life” prior to an acute decline of health. This is fundamental, not only to feel some control of your life, but to provide information to your loved ones who will need to make these decisions if you are unable to speak.
Prior to her nursing career, Sharon earned a bachelor degree in Human Development and Family Relations from the University of Connecticut, and has worked with children and families in a variety of settings for over thirty years, including: three licensed and NAEYC accredited child care programs; her licensed and accredited home-based family child care (for five years); a private caregiver/professional nanny; a volunteer facilitator for the COVE: Center for Grieving Children and at Camp Erin.
Having been an exchange student in Costa Rica, Sharon has some fluency in the Spanish language.
She received an Honorable discharge from the Connecticut Army National Guard where she trained as a Combat Medic, and continues to organize reunions to support veterans who served with the 142nd Medical Company in Operation Desert Storm.