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Training nurses to initiate end-of-life conversations with dying patients
 

Training nurses to initiate end-of-life conversations with dying patients

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Nurses talk about dying every day, but translating compassionate care into empathetic end-of-life discussions can be a challenge. To better facilitate the patient’s final exit, healthcare specialists are pushing for more training on advance care planning.
 
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16 Dec 2016 - General
 
A doctor would be really hard-pressed to find a patient who is willing to talk about the next stage of life -death. This is even harder for family members as they feel that talking about palliative care equates to just additional expenses before a patient dies. In our field, palliative care ensures that the patient is as functional as possible before he/she moves on to the next stage. One should really explain that palliative care is not accepting death as it is. It means letting the patient liv...
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Nurses can articulate the benefits of advance directives; however, nurses generally lack the knowledge and training to conduct such discussions. We need to develop programs to encourage clinicians encouraging open and early communication among patients in their last lap, the subject of dying may not be so frightening. So, training can be provided to nurses by experienced professionals from outside of hospital or suitable doctors or nurses who are competent to deal with situations. Periodical tr...
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All healthcare professionals fear having to talk about death with the patient and their family members. Many individuals feel that palliative care is the end of the road, but the real goal is to help the patient achieve however much possible. I can't speak for the patients, but I suppose that many of them feel anxious and regretful for having not achieve some goals they have in their lives. Some patients may wish to leave a legacy before their death, to have their life story documented. Som...
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It is very sensitive topic to be discussed with a dying patient and especially he/she is suffering from chronic illness. Dying patients may become more helpless and hopeless when they are talked about it. But it is also necessary to provide advanced care to such patients by the health care professionals having advance care training. As told by Mahmoud AbdelAziz religious training is vital to have the successful e...
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The usual misconception of people whenever we tackle about palliative care/hospice care that nothing is to be done. One should know first the nature of their disease condition and living out your life to the BESTest and fullest possible can be really empowering. It could even make you realize that despite of your condition, life is still worth living til the end. You can see your friends and family supporting you all the way. Though not everyone can be as ready as others thinking that may have f...
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