Diane Pelkey, MSW, MSN, RN, CHPN
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose - 05/18/2022


Diane K. H. Pelkey, BSN, RN, MSW, MSN

9530 Pine Shadow Dr. Henrico Virginia 23238 

[H] 804-967-0867        [C] 804-687-0644         [email protected]

Professional Profile

Have a wide range of experience in health care over the last 28 years.  Have worked with both adults and pediatrics on a general floor and in an ICU setting.  I have experience several levels of care. Currently working as Clinical Manager Bon Secours Mercy hospice. 

Evaluations cite:     “she demonstrates excellence in customer care and EOL symptom management”…”She is organized and efficient and is a valued asset to the Hospice team” ….”She is flexible and a good team player”…”she utilizes autonomy and sound nursing judgment” 

Healthcare Experience

Bon Secours Richmond, 8580 Magellan Parkway Richmond, VA 23227 (1993-present)

Hospice Clinical Manager (2018-present)

Palliative Medicine Home program (2017-2018)

Helped to develop the palliative home program, visited patients and case managed their care along with palliative provider.  Worked to coordinate care among several agencies in Bon Secours  

Interim Hospice Clinical Manager (2010-2011)

Helped develop and implement an Advanced Illness Management Program (AIM) now the home based palliative program, specializing in the care and focus of the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of people facing advanced illness. I make home visits to manage symptoms, especially pain and shortness of breath in collaboration with the palliative care team with the goal to prevent unnecessary emergency visits and hospitalizations.  (2013-present)  

Hospice, triage nurse and prn visits (1998-2015)

Handle all after hours calls triage for case load of about 150 patients. Manage visits needed as appropriate to patient care.  Take referrals; manage admissions and any after hour needs.  Skills needed; written, computer, and communication.

Noah’s Children Bon Secours Hospice (2014-2017)

Working prn seeing children birth-18 years with life threatening illness

Staff nurse/Charge nurse oncology (1994-1998)

Specialized nursing care of the cancer patient after surgery and during specified treatment

Medical College of Virginia Richmond, Va


Staff nurse ICU and general pediatric floor (1992-1994)

Nursing care of the pediatric and neonatal population requiring acute care.  Postoperative liver, heart, and kidney transplant recipients and multiple trauma patients are among the population.

Hospice of the Piedmont Charlottesville, Va

Director of Social Services (1988-1992)

Managed staff and directed department set goals, did employees appraisals, monthly reporting to the board, speaking engagements related to care of the dying.

Children’s Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa

Staff nurse Pediatric ICU (1985-1986)

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York

Staff nurse - Neurology and Neurosurgical Floor Including Neurosurgical ICU (1985-1986)


Education/Licensure/Professional Certifications

M.S.N. program  University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA 5/2012

M.S.W. program Virginia Commonwealth University  1987, Summa cum laude

B.S.N. program Syracuse University Syracuse New York


Registered Nurse - Commonwealth of Virginia

Certified Basic Life Support, (1984-present)

Certified Epi trainer (2010-present)

Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse



Continuing education and Professional development

Facilitative Leadership 2011

Leading in an Ever-Changing system 2012 (Change Management)

Clinical Ethics Core Curriculum and Practical Bon Secours

Respecting Choices ACP Facilitator

Trained in POST

Worked on NCQA project related to programs focused on health care policy, performance measures development and implementation of quality review and oversight activities.

I have developed the liaison and continuous care teams in my current hospice setting

Worked on developing a patient flow through Palliative/Home Based Primary Care/Hospice to help decrease readmission rates and unnecessary treatment which leads to increase in patient and family satisfaction with the health care system

Have spoken at several conferences related to hospice and palliative medicine

  1. Virginia Commonwealth University Palliative Conference 2018
  2. Johnston-Willis Hospital Palliative Conference 2016
  3. Virginia Commonwealth University Palliative Conference 2019