An Experience that changed my outlook

  1. A 20 something like myself died on the floor I work on a couple days ago. I am fortunate enough to be able to help them out in little ways in their final moments. One small thing had been that the family asked me to order down a tray of spaghetti for dinner and the dietary team forgot to bring it up. So, I raced down to get a tray for them the minute dietary closed even though I normally wouldn't do that. The way the mom glowed when I brought in the tray of food had been something else.

    I don't normally get so worked up about people in palliative units, but it is tragic to see someone my age dying. The rest of their life is gone. What if that person had a baby or a husband?

    How do you deal with tragic cases?
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  3. by   TammyG
    Seeing people our own age die is the hardest thing about being a hospice/palliative nurse, and it doesn't matter what age you are. I am in my 50's and I relate most to women that age in hospice, most of whom have children and careers. Make sure you are taking care of yourself by truly being "away" when you work, and attending bereavement if it is made available to you. You seem like a wonderful palliative nurse and I hope you stay in the field for a long time.

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