Quote from Laurell28
I get the same reactions about Hospice too and welcome the opportunity to educate people if they are really interested. It amazes me how much education and preparation go into a birth, but when it comes to death, little information is available and no one wants to talk about it. The ironic thing is that it is the one thing that we all have to face some day.
How often do you all see this same lack of knowledge from nurses themselves? I'm currently in a BSN program and we got 1/2 a day lecture on death & dying, 1 outpt. Hospice clinic day & 1 inpt. I actually think I may have gotten more instruction R/T D&D in my LVN program!
My Father passed away just last February and it's funny, Laurell, that you mentioned "birth" because for me, I thought the whole experience was very closely R/T to the birthing process. What I mean is, same concerns leading up to (will there be much pain, will I know what to do) the event. A lot of the same issues in the process, pain control & comfort measures. And then finally the birth itself - only to another place. It sounds wierd, I guess, but it was one of the most satisfying and fulfilling experiences I have ever had. Knowing that I was able to help facilitate a peaceful transition for him.
Oh well, I know I'm rambling. I just think it's such a shame we within our own profession are often ill-prepared.