As Nurse Lay Dying, Offering Herself as Instruction in Caring

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    To me this is a beautiful story. The students and dying nurse truly rock.
    SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. — It was early November when Martha Keochareon called the nursing school at Holyoke Community College, her alma mater. She had a proposal, which she laid out in a voice mail message.

    “I have cancer,” she said after introducing herself, “and I’m wondering if you’ll need somebody to do a case study on, a hospice patient.”
    Perhaps some nursing students “just want to feel what a tumor feels like,” she went on. Or they could learn something about hospice care, which aims to help terminally ill people die comfortably at home.
    “Maybe you’ll have some ambitious student that wants to do a project,” Ms. Keochareon (pronounced CATCH-uron) said after leaving her phone number. “Thank you. Bye.” ...

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/11/us...nted=1&_r=0&hp
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    From the New York Times
    I found this interesting article today:
    As Nurse Lay Dying, Offering Herself as Instruction in Caring
    By ABBY GOODNOUGH
    Published: January 10, 2013

    In this article a nurse with terminal pancreatic cancer reached out to her alma mater, Holyoke Community College to see if the nursing students would be interested in doing a case study her. It was an opportunity to teach nursing students about death and dying.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/11/us...ted=1&_r=2&hpw
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    Just read this and was about to post it on here when I saw your post. It brought tears to my eyes and helped me remember, that even as I prepare for my NCLEX, I should always be grateful for what I do have.
    joanna73 and herring_RN like this.
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    That is awesome. She left a true legacy and found a way to live on.
    tewdles, herring_RN, and merlee like this.
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    Quote from 1wellnessnurse
    From the New York Times
    I found this interesting article today:
    As Nurse Lay Dying, Offering Herself as Instruction in Caring
    By ABBY GOODNOUGH
    Published: January 10, 2013

    In this article a nurse with terminal pancreatic cancer reached out to her alma mater, Holyoke Community College to see if the nursing students would be interested in doing a case study her. It was an opportunity to teach nursing students about death and dying.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/11/us...ted=1&_r=2&hpw


    Great take aways from this article:

    "The patient isn’t Martha per se,” Ms. Keane said, “it’s the entire family.”

    "The best advice she could give future nurses, Ms. Keochareon said in her reedy voice, was “to just dig a little deeper — you know?"

    "“I notice that every time that Martha gave of herself she received far more,” Ms. Woodard said. “In fact, she received a few moments of less pain and I suspect that she received life itself — a few more hours, even days, with purpose."

    Every day is an opportunity to live with purpose, not matter what is going on with you!

    Thanks for posting this 1wellnessnurse!!!!
    tewdles, beckyboo1, and herring_RN like this.
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    What a generous thing to do! Thank you for sharing this wonderful article.
    herring_RN likes this.
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    great article! stimulated the mushy-misty lobe of my brain.
    herring_RN and tewdles like this.
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    What an awesome legacy...I would love such an opportunity. I pray her symptoms were controlled in a wonderfully excellent manner and that many nursing students were blessed.
    herring_RN and tewdles like this.
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    Amazing story. Thank you for sharing.
    herring_RN likes this.
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    One our instructors was like this as well. She had a host of medicl issues and was a frequent patient of the students. She did a wonderful job teaching us. Sadly, she passed 3 days before our pinning ceremony.


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