I was wondering how do you deal with the sickness and death as a nurse? Is it something you get used to over time or is it something you never get used to.
Feb 16, '03
You do not "get used to it"....at least I don't think so.......You cope---daily. You embrace whatever strong beliefs/faith you have about sickness and death and use it to help you through. You empower your patients to do this in the way of their choosing, offering help in any way you can...whether this be w/contacting their minister/church/healer of choice or offering access to services that provide bereavement counseling/coping methods.
Death is a fact of life...ours, our patients.....the whole world. IT is one thing we all have in common waiting for us that is inescapable and unites us. Some cope well...others not at all. Some death seems senseless and pointless, some is welcomed and blessed. You deal as appropriate to the situation. At least that's what I do.
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Feb 16, '03
Feb 16, '03
Getting "used to it" isn't really what it's all about; the day I get used to seeing people die without any emotional involvement on my part is the day I quit nursing. A nurse who can't feel is worthless. Rather, we learn how to cope with it and make peace with it........after all, death is not always the enemy, even though our culture tends to fight it tooth and nail, and to deny it its rightful place in the continuum of life.
Last edit by VivaLasViejas on Feb 16, '03