I am still in nursing school
right now, but I'm doing my clinical rotation in oncology and the patient I took care of this week died. Not while I was there, but I saw the obituary while I was reading the paper. I know I didn't know my patient at all but I was still upset to see the obit. I just wondered if this gets easier or not - or if there are ways to deal with it that don't involve becoming completely detached from your patients.
Jun 29, '07
my name is katherine and my mother died 5 years ago while being treated for leukemia, she was 55. during the eight months that she was treated at ny presbyterian hospital,(cornell) in ny, i met the most wonderful and amazing nurses. they became a part of our family and they took such great care of mom. i was truly touched by the amount of care, compassion, and genuine affection that they showed mom. i have never met a more special group of people than those diagnosed with cancer and the nurses who care for them. oncology is indeed a difficult specialty to work in and here are these special nurses who are dealing with death and loss on a nearly daily basis and yet they still allowed themselves to care. i am now an rn and about to start my career in an icu 12 month internship program but perhaps one day i'll find myself in oncology caring for patients as my mom was cared for......i just remembered how mom's nurses even sent a condolence card to our home after my mom died, so thoughtful. i never was able to go back and thank them, i wish i could now, i wonder if they're still there...just thinking out loud.
Last edit by sassyrn07 on Jun 29, '07