ANother one bites the dust

  1. [font=book antiqua]of my 6 cancer pts, the third one has just expired. that's three in six weeks. a fourth is expectant. the fifth has less than 6 months. the sixth is the only one with a good prognosis.
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    [font=book antiqua]nurse kevorkian strikes again?
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  3. by   FireStarterRN
    Quote from tazzirn
    [font=book antiqua]of my 6 cancer pts, the third one has just expired. that's three in six weeks. a fourth is expectant. the fifth has less than 6 months. the sixth is the only one with a good prognosis.

    [font=book antiqua]nurse kevorkian strikes again?

    wow, so how are you adjusting to this? isn't this a new specialty of nursing for you?
  4. by   Nightcrawler
    Im so sorry Tazzi :icon_hug:

    Don't change your screen name just yet
  5. by   TazziRN
    [font=book antiqua]at first it was rough. i knew i would have to give pts over to hospice, but it didn't occur to me that i had to do anything grief-related while i was getting them there. after the second death it took a lot out of me, dealing with the pts and their families. i thought maybe i wasn't cut out for this. then i talked to our social worker and she was stunned when she found out how many cancer pts i had all at once. at the time i had 4. she said most nurses have one at a time, maybe two, and rarely are all of them terminal.
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    [font=book antiqua]that really helped. since then i've been able to step back and see that i do make a difference.
  6. by   FireStarterRN
    You are probably a nurse to the whole family as they come to grips with impending death of their loved one. It sounds very draining, but a real chance to make a difference!
  7. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    When I worked in inpt hospice, I once had three pts die in one shift. It does feel awful.
  8. by   FireStarterRN
    Quote from Hellllllo Nurse
    When I worked in inpt hospice, I once had three pts die in one shift. It does feel awful.

    Wow, that a lot.
  9. by   Happeetxn
    Losing pts. is tough that is for sure. Sorry, I don't have any words of wisdom for you. All I can offer is words of encouragement. Try and continue on, maybe you got on this ride at the dip in the roller coaster. Who knows, maybe the peak is just around the corner and the next dip won't be so drastic.
    Keep your chin up, do your best and see how the future plays out, and I will keep you in my prayers. You are working with a group of pts that I don't think I could.

    Craig
  10. by   SaderNurse05
    Wow. Talk about overwhelming. I know hospice nurses that do not lose that many patients that quick. I am sure you bring comfort to the patients as well as the families. Be sure and take care of yourself. Maybe you can talk to whoever makes the assignments and ask for a more balanced load. Sometimes you just have to speak up for yourself. I always enjoy your posts and have no doubt you are an excellent, compassionate nurse. Hang in there!
  11. by   SakredStrega
    Quote from SaderNurse05
    Wow. Talk about overwhelming. I know hospice nurses that do not lose that many patients that quick. I am sure you bring comfort to the patients as well as the families. Be sure and take care of yourself. Maybe you can talk to whoever makes the assignments and ask for a more balanced load. Sometimes you just have to speak up for yourself. I always enjoy your posts and have no doubt you are an excellent, compassionate nurse. Hang in there!
    I enjoy reading her posts, too. :spin:

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