Hospice / Palliative Nursing Articles

Hospice nurses can use this section to network, discuss, and share trends and practices with other Hospice Nursing Professionals. Hospice nurses perform many traditional nursing duties such as observing, assessing, and recording symptoms, and they still work closely with physicians, administer medications, and provide emotional support. Hospice nurses have a particularly tough job because, from the outset, they know that the patient for whom they are caring is terminally ill.

The Unpredictable Work of Dying

The Unpredictable Work of Dying

by jeastridge - “How long will it be?” my patient asked at the end of the admission process to hospice. She whispered the question as I leaned over to say good-bye. Hoarse because... Read More →

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Living Better with Hospice

Living Better with Hospice

by jeastridge - Living Better with Hospice “I am having a good day today!” My patient’s greeting was a warm welcome as we started our visit. She was on the front porch, in her... Read More →

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Why Can't She Stay Here? Getting Kicked Out of Inpatient Hospice

Why Can't She Stay Here? Getting Kicked Out of Inpatient Hospice

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 →

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Hospice: A Dream or a Nightmare

Hospice: A Dream or a Nightmare

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 →

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Love: The Art of Caring for Terminally Ill Babies

Love: The Art of Caring for Terminally Ill Babies

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 →

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A Day in the Life of a Hospice Nurse

A Day in the Life of a Hospice Nurse

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 →

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Coping with a Difficult Death

Coping with a Difficult Death

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 →

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Skin Changes At Life's End (SCALE)

Skin Changes At Life's End (SCALE)

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 →

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The Hug Heard Around the World

The Hug Heard Around the World

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 →

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How could you give up and do NOTHING?

How could you give up and do NOTHING?

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 →

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Drug Diversion: What's the Deal?

Drug Diversion: What's the Deal?

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 →

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There's No Place Like Home

There's No Place Like Home

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 →

Hospice Nursing - How Could I Not?

Hospice Nursing - How Could I Not?

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 →

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Accusing Hospice

Accusing Hospice

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 →

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Hospice: What You Don't Know Can Hurt

Hospice: What You Don't Know Can Hurt

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 →

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I have no words. I have a thousand words.

I have no words. I have a thousand words.

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 →

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Hospice: True Death Sentence?

Hospice: True Death Sentence?

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 →

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Hospice Nursing: A Season Pass

Hospice Nursing: A Season Pass

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 →

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