first patient death as a CNA, still feeling weird - page 2

I experienced my first patient death on Sunday morning. I've only been a CNA for a few months and it was a strange experience. I did not ever have any direct interaction with this patient because... Read More

  1. by   fuzzywuzzy
    I've been a CNA for 3 years and death still kinda blows my mind and makes me feel all these weird emotions, although it does get less intense with every exposure. The one that sticks out the most in my mind happened when I wasn't even at work... but it broke my heart. I haven't let that happen since.
  2. by   JBudd
    My first body was 32 years ago, can still see it. OP, you are quite normal.

    Have to disagree with some here, you can get used to it. I've wrapped too many bodies, I do it with respect, but it is still only a body to me. Some deaths still get to me, some don't. Depends on circumstance, and how involved I was with the death (long code, someone I'd interacted with, or DOA) makes a difference.

    Doesn't make me "bad"nurse, or an uncaring one. Just one who has learned not to carry all the emotions with me for overlong, or be overwhelmed by what I cannot change. I fight like fury, then let go when I have to.
  3. by   RNdiva505
    :kiss Patient deaths are hard. I have seen many patients die (I was a CNA prior to being a nurse). I just had to learn to deal with those emotions differently.

    Comfort care deaths are a lot easier to handle than a young adult who came in with a broken foot and you find him dead a few hours later.

    I'll pray for you!
  4. by   tishluvnc
    My thoughts are exactly like the others. Though I have never been put in that situation as a cna. but I have to say it would be natural to feel that way. Death is permanant and we can't help but to think about us loosing a love one. I have been to a a funeral or two and didn't even know the person. I went with a friend who did know them, however, it didn't stop me from sheading tear like they were my best friend.

    We know that more than likely the person is going to be missed and we feel for the living. I think like the rest of the nurses. You did what you was suppose to do the rest is out of your hands. Start the new day ready to help some others.Take care.
  5. by   Bluee
    My first death still lives with me. No pun intended. WW2 vet... severe night terrors... may his soul rest in peace.