Death

Death

How often do you engage with or witness death in your work? How has this experience or the lack of it shaped your view of death? Has it gotten easier or harder for you to accept the fact of death? As you explain, include your clinical specialty.

The wide variations of hospital mortality cases have been linked with quality of care in the medical facilities.  Capturing of the real data in different hospitals has been irregular due to inconsistencies in data offered by the medical facilities to the World Health Organization (Hudson & Richmond, 2004). The death rates in my workplace have greatly reduced from an average of 13 persons in 2012 to 8 persons a day in 2017. This can be mostly attributed to increased health technology and intensification of the treatment procedures where the patients in critical conditions and especially those suffering from chronic illnesses are taken good care of.

Watching patients that I have attended to and grown fond of sacrum has had a major impact on me psychologically. The cases of death that bring about distress and mental disturbances are where patients go through a lot of pain before they sacrum.  This, however, becomes a relief when the patient finally passes away as there is the feeling that the pain is no more and that the patient has finally rested. In such instances, I view death as a reliever as it removes the pain and suffering from my patient as the attachment breaks me when I see patients suffer.

With the experience, it is becoming clear, and I have come to terms with death as most of the cases in the medical facility are extreme and therefore death happens to be the only route to save the patients the pain and suffering. There are however cases where the patients are full of life, or they are healthy, and they end up dying suddenly. This has been hard to understand, and as a nurse, I always have a hard time coming to terms with such deaths. Some of the things that keep nurses going in cases of death are that it is their duty, it has to happen in one way or another and sharing the cases with fellow nurses and physicians to relieve the pain (Hudson & Richmond, 2004). It is hard to move on but having experienced many death cases in the line of duty keeps me going.

References

Hudson, R., & Richmond, J. (2004). Living Dying Caring: Life and Death in a Nursing Home. Ascot Vale: Ausmed Publications.

In Goodlin, S. J., & In Rich, M. W. (2015). End-of-Life in terminal illnesses in hospitals. London: Springer London.

 

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