Scholarship Winner, Spring 2009
"To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven...a time to be born and a time to die..." (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 KJV Bible).
My name is Ronda, and I am an FCCJ student nurse. I decided to study nursing for a lot of reasons. One of those reasons includes the dedication to the dying as well as dedication to the living. I believe in a lot of things and I believe that the only difference in the living and the dying is that the dying just have more of a time frame for the passage of life. We are all on our way to this one common destination. That destination is to the grave. The journey to this destination is experienced by the both the living and the dying.
Assisting a patient through this natural process of life is one of the most important jobs of the RN. The opportunity to assist the dying client with their dignity and respect is something that the average people don't get to do. It is also an event that some may never want to assist in. Although this may me a very sad time in the life of the person and all loved ones who may be touched by such an event, it is also the opportunity to find peace and hope for a pleasant passage to what's next. It is also the chance for the nurse to help the patient and the loved ones carry the load of the of the grief process.
"Death is the ultimate loss. Although part of the continuum of life and a part of being human, death represents the unknown and generates anxiety, fear, and uncertainty for many people." (Potter & Perry 463). It is the road that should never have to be taken alone. It is the charge of any caregiver or end of life professional to walk the journey from beginning to end with the client and their loved ones. Assistance with advanced directives, complicated paperwork, arrangements and unfamiliar procedure and protocol are ways the RN can assist in relieving the stress. Providing excellent care in hospice and being the patient's advocate in every aspect of care is primary. Collaborative care, therapeutic communication, and maintaining a comfortable and peaceful environment are the responsibilities of the nurse.
Showing respect and being aware of the patients cultural beliefs are also important aspects in giving care to different cultural groups. All rituals and traditions should be respected. Cultural awareness and patient\'s rights to participate in those traditions can make the process of dying easier. Giving them a sense of hope on their journey. Being aided out of the world in death as well as being aided into the world in birth...both are importance aspects in the spectrum of nursing.
KJV Holy Bible Copyright ©1989 Thomas Nelson,Inc. Thomas Nelson Publishers Nashville, TN. p569.
Perry, A. & Perry P. (2009). The Fundamentals of Nursing, (7th ed.). St. Louis, Missouri: Mosby Inc., an affiliate of Elsevier Inc. p463.
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