You are doing gods work... semi rant, wondering what its like for the rest of you - page 2

So I was out the other night with my girlfreind who is charge nurse at boston medical center on a surgical floor. I work in an icu, I have been here for almost 2 years. Discussion comes up about... Read More

  1. by   BartC_RN
    I appreciate this thread. I've been bothered by all of this in my short career so far. A lot of the things y'all are discussing has effected me very deeply. I guess it's cathartic to read everyone's thoughts.
  2. by   Spidey's mom
    This is a good conversation to have. As it rolls along, might need to be a "sticky" Miranda.

    I finished a great book recently called "No Good Deed" by Lewis M. Cohen, M.D.

    It is about two nurses who are accused of murdering a patient because of withholding life supporting measures that were in accordance with the patient's wishes.

    The author looks at the entire debate in America about end-of-life issues. He does it in a fair way, telling all sides of the story including the CNA who accuses the nurses of murder.

    One of my favorite doctors, Ira Byock, states in the Forward "No Good Deed" shines a much-needed light on the cultural chasm that divides Americans on subjects of ethics, dying, and intensive care. Lewis Cohen has issued a wake-up call to society to openly discuss how we care for people at the end of life. We avoid this call at our peril."

    The only issue I would quibble with him about is he links the people who don't believe in removing feeding tubes from disabled people who are not terminally ill with those who think we should code that frail 80 pound woman mentioned in this thread.

    But the book is overall very fair and well researched and a "page turner".