Horrible Death - What could I have done better? - page 2

Hi Everyone, I'm new to this group. I had a horrible experience with one of my patients. The male pt. had panc ca w/mets to liver/lung. Lived with spouse and adult sons stayed with them. It all... Read More

  1. by   GrumpyRN63
    The family failed the pt, not you. How aweful for him, and for you to have experienced that situation. Obviously unable to cope with the situation and care for him properly. It would have been better for him to have been placed. but to refuse SW intervention what else could have been done? I'm suprised they didn't send him to the hospital on his way out.. bad scene, but you can't blame yourself. Did they at least manage his pain properly?
  2. by   nursebboop1
    I replied earlier, but just wanted to affirm what all the others have said. You did all you could do to insure a "good death". I don't know how many years you've practiced as a Hospice nurse. What I can tell you is that it will always be my passion. You know if you've been "called" to it. It gave back as much or more than I gave. It taught me about life. Had my 54yo sister not died suddenly I'd still be doing it. I posted an article --see "Articles" --called "AN HONOR"--please read one of my first beautiful experiences that kept me going for 10 years in hospice.
  3. by   nursebboop1
    "There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from"
    --Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

    I replied earlier, but just wanted to affirm what all the others have said. You did all you could do to insure a "good death". I don't know how many years you've practiced as a Hospice nurse. What I can tell you is that it will always be my passion. You know if you've been "called" to it. It gave back as much or more than I gave. It taught me about life. Had my 54yo sister not died suddenly I'd still be doing it. I posted an article --see "Articles" --called "AN HONOR"--please read one of my first beautiful experiences that kept me going for 10 years in hospice.

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