by jeastridge - Drug Diversion: What’s the Deal?
I felt physically threatened as the patient’s grandson pushed too close to me, face red, eyes angry, and yelled, “There was no... Read More →
by smatacale - “There’s No Place Like Home”: Understanding the Hospice Experience
In nursing school, I was drawn to the “down and dirty core of nursing” that hospice care... Read More →
by makeitwork - I’m not always sure how hospice patients are assigned to nurses. I want to believe that we are given a specific geographic area and we will have the patients... Read More →
by anon456 - Baby Cherish arrived to the unit on a winter afternoon via medical transport in a flat car seat bed belted securely to a gurney that looked way too big for tiny... Read More →
by jeastridge - A Day in the Life of a Hospice Nurse
I slung my computer bag over my shoulder and pondered the question one of my nurse colleagues who worked at the hospital... Read More →
by jeastridge - Coping with a Difficult Death
My phone rang as I sat in my car charting, wrapping up the visits for the afternoon. I recognized the number from the hospice house... Read More →
by VickyRN - The skin is the largest organ of the body and can become dysfunctional at life's end, with loss of integrity, just like any other vital body system, with reduced... Read More →
by jeastridge - “After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.” John 13:5
I can hear... Read More →
by Jamiejill7 - During my experience in nursing school, my days consisted of completing stacks of medication cards, answering hundreds of NCLEX questions, spending long days in... Read More →
by jeastridge - The elderly patient stared back at me with watery, vacant eyes while I leaned over to listen to her lungs and complete my assessment. Her lungs were clear and her... Read More →
by jeastridge - Hospice: A Dream or a Nightmare?
I knocked the snow off my boots before knocking on the front door of the patient’s home. His daughter, Clara, opened it and with... Read More →
by clemsongal68 - One of my most memorable patients was Pete*. 85 year old Pete had come from a nursing home with significant abdominal pain and vomiting. After a quick trip through... Read More →
by jeastridge - Accusing Hospice
“While I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight…He instructed me and said to me,... Read More →
by jeastridge - I took a seat on the kitchen chair that the daughter brought in. Pulling it up to the double bed, I tried to get close to my patient, a woman nearing the end of her... Read More →
by anon456 - It's 0653. I pull up to the hospice unit, clock in, fill my coffee mug, and get my nursing brain printed out. At 0700, I count narcotics and take report on six... Read More →
by jeastridge - I saw the owner of the small gift shop approaching me as I browsed through the cards. “May I help you find something?” she asked. I told her I was just looking... Read More →
by jeastridge - “What brought you to work with hospice?” As we buckled our seat belts, I looked over at Brenda, our new nurse in orientation with the question.She described a prior... Read More →
by jeastridge - Sometimes Death sits at the table
Hand resting on the cards.
We pull away,
Not ready for the last trick,
The trump card
In the game of life.
We put up a... Read More →