End Of Life Journal of Nursing

Incorporating End-of-Life Content Early in BSN Programs

Incorporating End-of-Life Content Early in BSN Programs

Tags: bsn death end of life hospice nurse patient who died students

The purpose of this article is to address the need for nursing students to have more and earlier exposure to death, dying and end-of-life care in their BSN programs. Beginner nursing students often have their first client interactions in long-term care facilities, and it is where they are most often exposed to death. This usually happens before they have given death and end-of-life care much thought, let alone learned about it formally in the classroom. This article will highlight ideas for incorporating content into the classroom as well as give a greater understanding of the need for students to be exposed to all aspects of end-of-life care early and throughout the BSN program.

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Knowing Sepsis

Knowing Sepsis

Tags: death end of life ICU sepsis

Sepsis is a major challenge in the hospitals, one of the leading causes of death, It must be diagnosed early so immediate treatment can be instituted.

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A Husband's Difficult Decision

A Husband's Difficult Decision

Tags: bedside reporting end of life family Family Presence PACU sepsis

A husband's difficult decision regarding his critically ill wife and DNR status

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Amongst the Angels

Amongst the Angels

Tags: birth end of life infants pathology

Most women enter the hospital and leave with wonderful pictures and memories.  Their infant bundled tightly in their arms and their vehicles await them to whisk them away to the sleepless nights as the parent of an infant which all too soon turn into the sleepless nights of the parent of a teenager.  But there are those few mothers who are wheeled to their vehicles whose arms are empty and whose infant spirits reside in the arms of the angels and whose bodies rest in Pathology awaiting their final destination.  It is my job to receive these infants and let them rest until they are transported.  I work amongst the angels.

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Story of Sarah

Story of Sarah

Tags: death dying emotions end of life nursing students

Story of a senior nursing student caring for a client dying and her emotional struggles.

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Grandma and What She Taught a Hospice Nurse

Grandma and What She Taught a Hospice Nurse

Tags: end of life hospice hospice nurse reflection

One of the most rewarding and difficult experiences of my hospice career was helping my grandma to pass peacefully.

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The Other Side of Healing

The Other Side of Healing

Tags: cancer death end of life family oncology patient experience

A glance back at how I came to appreciate the special role a nurse plays in helping patients experience a peaceful death and assisting family members through the experience.

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Cardiac Amyloidosis: The oft times missed cardiomyopathy - A nurse’s personal story

Cardiac Amyloidosis: The oft times missed cardiomyopathy - A nurse’s personal story

Tags: cardiac Cardiac Amyloidosis Cardiac Diagnostic Case Study death disease end of life

Having been in nursing for over 30 years, nothing I had learned in school or through experience would prepare me for the long, misdiagnosed disease my husband suffered that eventually took his life. Forever changing my perspective on healthcare, it has prompted me to share this story with other nurses, hopefully, averting this course for other patients, and possibly one’s own family member.

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Sally’s Eyes

Sally’s Eyes

Tags: end of life multi-system organ failure reflection

She was only 36 years old but Sally was dying. She spent a lot of her life in the hospital which lead her to have a complicated medical and surgical history. This hospital admission had already been five months long when I came along.

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A Mouthful of Death: Acetaminophen Overdose

A Mouthful of Death: Acetaminophen Overdose

Tags: acetaminophen death emergency department end of life liver injury overdose suicide

In the United States, attempted suicide accounts for more than two thirds of acetaminophen-related liver injuries, whereas accidental overdoses account for only one third of the cases.

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Lung Cancer: A Case Study 

Lung Cancer: A Case Study 

Tags: cancer death end of life therapy treatment

Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer-related death in men and the second most common in women. Lung cancer is responsible for 1.3 million deaths worldwide annually.

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Detour Off The Sepsis Road: Early Recognition is Key

Detour Off The Sepsis Road: Early Recognition is Key

Tags: advocacy Case Study death early recognition end of life health care ICU ICU Nurse patient outcomes Rapid Response RN RRT Nurse sepsis

At present, the US reports approximately 750,000 cases of sepsis a year and estimates 1 million cases by 2020 With a mortality rate of 30%, an estimated 250,000 annual deaths, and hospital costs exceeding $16 billion, sepsis has become a burden. It is imperative to increase the awareness and early recognition of sepsis.

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End-Of-Life-Care: Are Nurses Educationally Prepared? 

End-Of-Life-Care: Are Nurses Educationally Prepared? 

Tags: care comfort death end of life end-of-life care health medical technology nurse physical health spiritual-psychosocial health

End Of Life Care study in the RN Journal. Are nurses prepared to offer quality end-of-life care to patients and families?

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