Hospice / Palliative Nursing Articles

Hospice nurses can use this section to network, discuss, and share trends and practices with other Hospice Nursing Professionals. Hospice nurses perform many traditional nursing duties such as observing, assessing, and recording symptoms, and they still work closely with physicians, administer medications, and provide emotional support. Hospice nurses have a particularly tough job because, from the outset, they know that the patient for whom they are caring is terminally ill.

Hospice: True Death Sentence?
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Hospice: True Death Sentence?

I saw the owner of the small gift shop approaching me as I browsed through the cards. "May I help you find something?" she asked. I told her I was just looking...

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Facing Our Own Judgments - Dealing With A Situation We Disagree With
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Facing Our Own Judgments - Dealing With A Situation We Disagree With

I work PRN at a hospice house. I was taking care of a patient that had been with us for 2 months and was very well known to the full-time staff, yet I had only...

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Accusing Hospice
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Accusing Hospice

"While I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight...He instructed me and said to me, 'Daniel, I have now...

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How could you give up and do NOTHING?
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How could you give up and do NOTHING?

One of my most memorable patients was Pete*. 85 year old Pete had come from a nursing home with significant abdominal pain and vomiting. After a quick trip through...

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Drug Diversion: What's the Deal?
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Drug Diversion: What's the Deal?

Drug Diversion: What's the Deal? I felt physically threatened as the patient's grandson pushed too close to me, face red, eyes angry, and yelled, "There was no...

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There's No Place Like Home: Understanding the Hospice Experience
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There's No Place Like Home: Understanding the Hospice Experience

In nursing school, I was drawn to the "down and dirty core of nursing" that hospice care provides the patient, family and the nurse. I came straight out of nursing...

Hospice Nursing - How Could I Not?
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Hospice Nursing - How Could I Not?

I'm not always sure how hospice patients are assigned to nurses. I want to believe that we are given a specific geographic area and we will have the patients...

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A Day in the Life of a Hospice Nurse
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A Day in the Life of a Hospice Nurse

A Day in the Life of a Hospice Nurse I slung my computer bag over my shoulder and pondered the question one of my nurse colleagues who worked at the hospital...

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Coping With A Difficult Death
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Coping With A Difficult Death

Coping with a Difficult Death My phone rang as I sat in my car charting, wrapping up the visits for the afternoon. I recognized the number from the hospice house...

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Lovely lady
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Lovely lady

She was a young, successful and beautiful lady, a stunning mother of 3 young children with a proud husband. They were a happy and healthy family. She liked to take...

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I have no words. I have a thousand words.
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I have no words. I have a thousand words.

It's 0653. I pull up to the hospice unit, clock in, fill my coffee mug, and get my nursing brain printed out. At 0700, I count narcotics and take report on six...

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The Unpredictable Work of Dying
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The Unpredictable Work of Dying

"How long will it be?" my patient asked at the end of the admission process to hospice. She whispered the question as I leaned over to say good-bye. Hoarse because...

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Living Better with Hospice
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Living Better with Hospice

"I am having a good day today!" My patient's greeting was a warm welcome as we started our visit. She was on the front porch, in her wheelchair, oxygen tubing...

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Why Can't She Stay Here? Getting Kicked Out of Inpatient Hospice
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Why Can't She Stay Here? Getting Kicked Out of Inpatient Hospice

The elderly patient stared back at me with watery, vacant eyes while I leaned over to listen to her lungs and complete my assessment. Her lungs were clear and her...

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Hospice: A Dream or a Nightmare
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Hospice: A Dream or a Nightmare

I knocked the snow off my boots before knocking on the front door of the patient's home. His daughter, Clara, opened it and with a tired smile invited me in. Her...

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Love: The Art of Caring for Terminally Ill Babies
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Love: The Art of Caring for Terminally Ill Babies

Baby Cherish arrived to the unit on a winter afternoon via medical transport in a flat car seat bed belted securely to a gurney that looked way too big for tiny...

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Hospice: What You Don't Know Can Hurt
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Hospice: What You Don't Know Can Hurt

I took a seat on the kitchen chair that the daughter brought in. Pulling it up to the double bed, I tried to get close to my patient, a woman nearing the end of her...

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Skin Changes At Life's End (SCALE)
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Skin Changes At Life's End (SCALE)

The skin is the largest organ of the body and can become dysfunctional at life's end, with loss of integrity, just like any other vital body system, with reduced...

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