I learned about the trust and respect a nurse must have when treating patients. I know my grandfather was fearful at times but my mother and his care giver were there to easy his pain and worries. I found that a lot of inspiration for my career in nursing came from my grandfather’s care giver. A woman who didn’t have do anything more than tend to his wounds and give him medicine but chose to care about who he was and how he was doing. She also took the time to get to know and care about my grandfather’s surrounding family.
Hospice General Purpose of the Department: As we have learned, the hospice idea is not new. Literally meaning "given to hospitality," hospices provided comfort, kindness, and nourishment to people in need hundreds of years ago. Today, hospices offer comfort to people as they near the end of life's journey. Hospice is a special way of caring for people with terminal illnesses and their families. It is a multidisciplinary health care program that is responsible for palliative and supportive care with consideration of the patient's and families wishes.
The purpose of hospice is not to limit what health care is available to the patient, but enhance their life by controlling symptoms and providing support for everyone involved. Hospice programs offer patients different levels of care and professional services that include; Nursin... ... middle of paper ... ...ir families. This program helps many patients to be alert, comfortable, and most important free of pain as they live their final days in a familiar place surrounded by people they know and love. Therefore, giving them a dignified death. References Stair, J.
It was called St. Christopher's Hospice, London. St Christopher's have made many medical breakthroughs in palliative care: pain relief and comfort, and has helped people to understand the needs of the dying better. A patient who is terminally ill in a hospital intensive care unit could suffer greatly through painful life-... ... middle of paper ... ...y the lives of terminally ill people but also their carers and families, volunteers, and health professionals. Often those near death have very positive outlook on life. Nurses and doctors often visit hospices to learn about palliative care and many believe that the lessons learned in hospices about pain control and emotional and spiritual support should be applied throughout the health service to all dying people.
As I reflect on my nursing journey, spending my youth below the average line and its difficulties. I am grateful of the experience because it instilled in me the virtues that drive my ambition today. I remember that my parents couldn’t afford a lot, but the moral guidance they bestowed upon me is more than anything money could buy. My decision to become a nurse did not come up in a moment, a day, or an experience; my decision to become a nurse resulted from various experiences like, spending some time with my sick grandmother on the hospital bed. I witnessed the quality care rendered to my sick grandmother by caring nurses in their angelic white uniform.
In both stories, the authors reveal that by living each day to the fullest they are able to create a sense of normalcy in their lives without focusing too much on the daily challenges that come about because of their illnesses. In Jamie Weisman's As I live and Breath, she developed a sense of normalcy through family because they gave her all the love and support and treated her the same way they would if she was not ill. Her mother and father are her main support and motivation to be all that she is able to be regardless of her illness. Weisman has a form of congenital immune deficiency that causes her immune system to have a hard time fighting of bacteria and other viral infections as Wyatt 2 well as a healthy immune system. She has been through surgeries and many infections and she always had to give herself hope by being ambitious.
The change is seen as the hospitals failure in the patients’ eyes and will then feel hopeless. But if the nurses do an effective job with communication and discuss the end-of-life plan before the actual need of a hospice there is a less state of shock. The major keys for the nursing staff to help ease the transition to the end-of-life care is diagnosing the patient has actively dying. Once the patient’s diagnosed as actively dying, it paves the way for open communication so the patient can decide how they want to spend their last days. Communication about this sensitive subject improves their quality of life and helps them keep their dignity.
Unfortunetly, most doctors only feel the need to cure the patient, whereas the nursing staff is there to care for the patient and help them mentally through the entire process. Death and the process of dying brings anger and depression, as one is trying to cope with the reality that they have a terminal illness. Health psychology helps people with maintaining a healthy lifestyle, in hopes that they have a better chance in staying disease free. It also helps with the treatment process and the health care system, in hopes to improve the quality of life for people who are terminally ill. The film Wit showed the harsh reality of cancer treatment and the health care system.
Due to having four children, the nurse took a break from work and then continued to go back to school for nursing. She later received her bachelors in nursing degree and went back to working at Holy Redeemer Hospital. Growing up, the nurse had to take care of her grandparents and she discovered another side to her, the optimistic nursing side. She has thought about becoming a doctor at certain points in her life; however, as she went to hospitals and saw how nurses really care for the patients, nursing was her number one choice. Overall, the interviewee became a nurse because she was compassionate about making a difference in people’s lives and seeing them live healthier and
In Chapter Five, Henrietta, the patient had very little control over her treatment and pain because her husband refused to accept her dying, until Janice (hospice nurse) promised her dignity during death. In Chapter Six, William tries a new method of pain control and his spirits are lifted as he once again has some control in his life as expressed in his statement, "I can't believe the power I have"(1, p.194). Chapter Seven lightly touches upon the death of AIDS patients, and the stigmatism's and rejection they may face, but also exhibits the patients' ability to control their moment of death. The joy which a family can gain when there is an open acceptance of a loved ones death is visible in Chapter Eight as John's f... ... middle of paper ... ...very touching with a lot of strong emotion behind the words "I share with you the agony of your grief... the strength of caring, the warmth of one who seeks to understand the silent storm swept barrenness of so great a loss. This I do in quiet ways that , on your lonely path, you may not walk alone..." (1, p.294).Reading Appendix A, I strongly agreed with Jaffe and Ehrlich's recommendations for more mandatory classes about religion, cultural, and coping with dying patients classes in the medical curriculum, because we cannot truly expect our medical staff to respond appropriately to everyone's needs without offending certain religious and cultural beliefs if we do not help them take a step in the right direction.In summary, my overall opinion of this book All Kinds of Love: Experiencing Hospice, by Carolyn Jaffe and Carol H. Ehrlich was excellent.