End of Life

November 2012 Vol.7 No. 11

Author: Stephanie Barker, BSN, RN

A drug addict goes to a respite-care facility to die after finding treatment for kidney disease too difficult.

July 2012 Vol. 7 No. 7

Author: Yvonne D’Arcy, MS, CRNP, CNS

For patients nearing death, palliative care can enhance quality of life by easing pain and other symptoms, improving sleep, and reducing fatigue. Managing end-of-life symptoms

January 2012 Vol. 7 No. 1

Author: Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN Editor-in-Chief

Failing to make our end-of-life wishes known to others can deny us and our loved ones important choices.

October 2010 Vol. 5 No. 10

Author: Lucia D. Wocial, PhD, RN, and Marion E. Broome PhD, RN, FAAN

B is a 12 year old boy who suffers from cardiomyopathy following an acute viral illness. His condition is stable, but without a heart transplant, doctors believe he will not survive more than six months. B and his parents have decided to forgo the transplant option. They understand that B . . .

July 2010 Vol. 5 No. 7

Author: Audrey L. Nelson, PhD, RN, FAAN

Although time to death after withdrawal of mechanical ventilation varies widely, the majority of patients die within 24 hours according to an article in the August 2010 edition of Chest. Read more here . . .

April 2009 Vol. 4 No. 4

Author: Judy Lentz, MSN, RN, NHA

What nurses don’t know about hospice and palliative care can hurt the patient and family.

August 2008 Vol. 3 No. 8

Author: Alyssa McGraw, BSN, RN

For many grieving families, a nurse’s silent empathy is the best consolation.

March 2008 Vol. 3 Num. 3

Author: Rosanne Mattiace, MSN, RN, CCRN

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