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  1. I am a Senior nursing student attending the University of MN School of Nursing. My question is how do you experienced nurses handle death on a day to day basis. I know it can be wearing, however what do you do to rejuvinate yourselves to make your work enjoyable while providing quality care to the patients you are caring for.
    Luci
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  3. by   sam
    Originally posted by luci:
    I am a Senior nursing student attending the University of MN School of Nursing. My question is how do you experienced nurses handle death on a day to day basis. I know it can be wearing, however what do you do to rejuvinate yourselves to make your work enjoyable while providing quality care to the patients you are caring for.
    Luci
    I have been an oncololgy nurse for 10 years and my philosophy is that to deal with these patients and their families throughout the dying process is a gift. Death is just as real as birth and it is something that all families much face. To be able to be a part of that is nothing less than a gift. To have the oppertuntiy to share in that stage of life is not always a terrible thing. We can't save eveeryone, but we as nurses can ensure comfort and dignity. "Qualtiy of life... Dignity of death..."
  4. by   bigjay
    Hi there,

    I've been working on an in-hospital palliative care unit for about a year now. I find that it is incredibly rewarding work. Families and patients are so very appreciative (well, some aren't, but you can't please everybody) of everything you do for them. I think that in order to work with death and dying you need to first examine your own attitudes and grounding. If you truly believe death is a part of life and that for patients with terminal cancer it is often a blessing, then it is easier. Most people shudder when I tell them what area I work in but I have found it so very rewarding. Some days it does wear you down, but then I try to look at what good I have done for my patients throughout the day and I find that usually picks me up. In any nursing work it is important to take care of yourself. Listen to your body. If you don't feel energized to do anything on your days off, don't feel guilty about doing nothing for a day to recharge. Sleep in on your days off! Enjoy the time you have away from work and exercise regularly. These are just things that work for me, but I have the advantage of no kids, which apparently complicate enjoying your time off ! Anyway, palliative care and oncology nursing can be hard but I have found it to be an interesting and rewarding area in which to work!

    Cheers,
    J-P

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