Death is a journey - page 2

It is always a good thought when one decides they would like to die at home. Surrounded by loved ones, in their own beds. But as the time grows near, many decide that they would rather be in a... Read More

  1. by   scwolf
    Thanks, Geslina, for your thoughts. Very helpful.
  2. by   ahsweeney
    What a beautiful article. I work in an in-patient hospice center. I am constantly surprised as to how much I love working there. My goal is to not only give my patients care and peace, but also support the families. I have been privileged to support these families in the most difficult and intimate time they have had to go through.
  3. by   iwanna
    Beautiful article!!! We had hospice for my brother. I would love to be a hospice nurse. However, I really don't have any med/surg experience. I did not become a nurse until I was 40. I worked in behavioral health. I worked in drug rehab an psychiatric hospital. Currently, I work prn for group home.

    I am a caregiver for my mother. She is 88 and has some dementia. I believe that it is radiation induced. (chemo and radiation to brain in 2012) My mother was diagnosed with lymphoma in Sept. 2011. She chose to have the chemo and radiation. I would have chosen palliative care, but she had a fear of dying. I believe that she is over her fear now. She has verbalized that she is ready to go now especially since my brother died.

    I would like to get into hospice nursing, when my mother no longer needs me. Although, I think that my chances of getting a hospice position are slim.

    I know that some people have told me that would be such a depressing job. I disagree. Death is a part of life. My brother went quick, but it was so violent. I was glad when his suffering was over. He chose to die after we took a short break from hospital. I was so upset that we weren't there, but nurse told me that happens a lot. They wait for people to leave.

    My desire to be a hospice nurse was before my brother was a hospice patient.

    Again, beautiful article!
  4. by   AHallettRN
    Karen, I am so sorry about your father. I experience this on a daily basis at my hospital. Our administration feels that any nurse is capable of taking care of a dying patient. I have found that not all nurses want to care for a dying patient, therefore, the care is less effective, in my opinion. I believe that end-of-life care is a specialty, and should be treated as such. It takes a special person to care for a dying patient. I hope you followed through with the advice to take this to the administration.
  5. by   maca wainiu
    I was 15 years old when my mum died in our divisional was the hardest and saddest day of my life but I was really thankful to the nurses who were on duty on the day my mom passed away.......nurses play so much roles......from that day I made up my mind that i would like to be a after 13years as a nurse..... general nursing,pychiatric nursing,geriatric nursing,public health nursing and now as risk manager......I have not regretted making that decision.......Thanks to the nurses who were with us on the day my dear mum left us.......