An opportunity to put basic clinical skills to the test demonstrates the depth of nursing skills for this nurse.
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.
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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