In my nursing class, I learned that doctors cure the sickness and nurses cure the patient. This means that the nurse attends to the physical, mental, and psychosocial aspects in the care of patients. Some days can be demanding on the mind and body, but you can still go home and be grateful of what you have done for someone else. I believe that the core of nursing is love and passion for others. Without this love and passion, why is one in nursing.
My question was: Mrs. Thompson, I would like to know from your experience which is better for the patient and his/her family, hospice at home or in a hospital setting. Sometimes, there are many problems for the family to care for their love ones at this time due to emotional feelings and physical burden. What do you think is best? Mrs. Thompson answer: Philosophically and practically, the goal of hospice care is to stabilize the patient's condition in order to permit him to return home, where most people say they would prefer to die. There are several points to note, in this context: 1.
* Reduce or prevent pain and other symptoms of the patient's illness. * Provide counselling and emotional support for the person who is ill. * Provide grief and bereavement counselling for family and friends while the person is sick. * Offer follow-up counselling after their death. Who provides palliative care Palliative care is provided by a team which can include: * Doctors * Nurses * Counsellors * Volunteers. Where to find palliative care services Palliative care can be given at home, in a hospital or at a hospice.
This encompasses a whole range of physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. The hospice offers short term in-patient stays for symptom control, rehabilitation and respite care for patients who are eighteen years of age or over with cancer or other life-limiting illnesses. If a patient’s condition is stable but such that they cannot return home, alternative arrangements will be made for their on-going care. However, if they have reached the final stage of their illness, they may choose to stay in the hospice for care and support. Patients are admitted under the care of the hospice Medical Director.
Individual's approach to this difficult stage of life may be very different from considering it as the beginning of a new life through fear up to denying. Disregarding person's attitude towards what is happening to them they need help in many ways. From mine, care assistant's point of view the most important aspects of end of life care are: psychological and spiritual support (if requested), basic personal hygiene, supporting with eating and drinking and meeting continence needs. Another one which does not belong to my duties is administering proper medication which is basically pain reliefs. I work in a care home on two nursing units where very often I have to take care about terminally ill patients.
The purpose of home hospice care is to support the patient, their families, and the caregivers through this process. Home hospice is a valuable resource for people with terminal illness who want to be in familiar surroundings in their final days. A key component to hospice is discovering the patient’s end of life wishes. This conversation involves the medical team, patient, and those wo will be caring for the patient. As a hospice worker, it is not only necessary to support the patient’s wishes but work with their caregivers to accept the wishes and help carry them out.
When this happens, people need other resources. Hospice care or placement in a nursing facility are two options. Both provide adequate care; however, one stands out to me. Hospice allows people to stay in their own home toward the end of life. This is an advantage because people are more comfortable in surroundings they are familiar with.
End of Life Issues Alicia Lange Indian River State College End of Life Issues In today’s society with the advancement of modern medicine and technology, ethical dilemma’s regarding quality of life versus quantity of life exists. Everyday families and loved ones are faced with the grueling decision to keep their loved ones alive as opposed to letting them die a peaceful, natural death. Being faced with the notion that modern medicine and technology can keep someone alive, but not add to the quality of their lives is a difficult decision we will all possibly face one day, either with ourselves, or our loved ones. Because of the advances in medicine and technology today, people are living longer with a growing number of elderly persons. Even though many of these elderly patient’s have Living Wills in place, the dilemma at times is that the family is not quite ready to let go.
The intention of Palliative care is to’ prevent and relieve suffering, and provide physical, psychosocial and spiritual care for both the patient and their family’. Palliative care neither post-pones death nor brings it forward, it simply helps the patient to 'live' the rest of their life. Palliative care is ‘The active holistic care of patients with advanced progressive illness. Management of pain and other symptoms and provision of psychological, social and spiritual support is paramount. The goal of palliative care is achievement of the best quality of life for patients and their families.
In pediatric oncology nursing the main goal is to help the patient get better through treatments and medications. Between nursing and teaching, one job is more rewarding. Although education is important for the development of fundamental skills, nothing is more important than saving the life of a child. The study of oncology nursing takes a lot of heart. These nurses work day in and day out to help their patients forget they have cancer and live their lives.