End of Life

November 2012 Vol.7 No. 11

Author: Stephanie Barker, BSN, RN

Editor’s note: National Homelessness Awareness Week is November 10-18.

Like many of our homeless patients, “Sarah” was a bundle of contradictions. She came from money, got a good education, and worked as a college administrator before her addiction took over and her life spiralled out of control. She . . .

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

“We think she’s gone,” he said.
It was 6:20 p.m. I was walking down the hall on the med-surg unit, and turned to face a middle-aged man with quivering lips, his expression silently begging me to find a way to bring her back.
I swallowed . . .

March 2008 Vol. 3 Num. 3

Author: Rosanne Mattiace, MSN, RN, CCRN

Updated guidelines on end-of-life care
To improve the quality of palliative end-of-life care, the American College of Physicians has revised its guidelines. According to the new recommendations, clinicians should regularly evaluate end-of-life patients for pain, dyspnea, and depression and ensure that patients complete advance . . .