Originally Posted by KittenKrazy
Hugs and kudos to you for being able to be there and care for this lady, and others like her....you don't know what a blessing you are .....and its something that a lot of us just cannot do....I'd be in a puddle of tears all the time, I'm afraid.
Since I'm on a back to work program I have to be "buddied" with a nurse so that if I need to take an additional break or am unable to complete my shift for whatever reason, my buddie nurse takes over the assignment. Essentially I'm there working, but "not really there" in a 100% responsible role.
Mandy, my buddy nurse yesterday is a young girl who just graduated from the nursing program and hasn't been "registered" as of yet since she was still waiting for her exam results (she passed by the way!
). A more senior nurse would have done the one-to-one nursing for the patient and had someone else look after the rest of her patient assignment. That's how it was on Sunday when I was there. My buddy nurse looked after her, while I looked after the rest of her patients. However, since Mandy is so new and not yet used to that level of patient acuity and caring for dying patients and grieving families, I offered to do it.
Today she told me that she was very grateful that I did that. She said that after I left she went in an hour later to give the morphine I asked her to give, and she was only in the room 3 minutes and when she left she was an emotional wreck and all teary eyed.
I didn't mind. I like looking after acutely ill patients because I find it challenging. And I also like doing palliative care. With palliative care the emphasis is on pain management and comfort, two things that I greatly believe in.
The lady died shortly after midnight. I'm relieved for the patient, but sad for her family because there was such a rapid turn for the worse and they really didn't have time to prepare, if you ever can prepare for the death of someone that you love.
If I'm off that day, I will probably attend the funeral. I do that on occasion depending on the situation.