End-of-life care and decisions can be difficult for health care providers. Consulting the ethics committee can provide needed support for the final decision.
Have you ever felt the lasting effect of overhearing an offhand criticism about a clinical decision you made? This nurse reminds her colleagues that they need to advocate for their care as well as their patients.
An opportunity to put basic clinical skills to the test demonstrates the depth of nursing skills for this nurse.
The search for the cause of a patient's fatigue and shortness of breath reminded a nurse to remember the little details in the big picture.
A young boy is determined to get the answers to questions about his father's radiation treatments, and the treatment team is happy to oblige.
A new nurse welcomed the challenge of providing care and compassion to a difficult patient. The experience shed light on why she chose this career.
Past and present come together when, after 20 years, the wfie of a former patient contacts the author with a special request.
The author describes taking care of Sam, a young patient with osteogenic sarcoma, as well as the valuable lesson she learned from Sam's mother.
Clinicians are all too aware that chemotherapy can be either a friend or a foe. When it does become the enemy, supporting the patient's decision to stop treatment often means saying yes to compassionate care.
When the author takes a cruise to get away from all things cancer, she winds up sharing a room with a woman who teaches her a great deal about dealing with the disease.
The author remembers a young mother with three children and a grim prognosis who hoped for the sake of her family to make it to Christmas.
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