September 14, 2017

By: Lisa Blumer BSN, RN, CHPN

Notes from a scared hospice nurse: I am afraid

I am afraid…..Every time I read a new hospice referral.

I am afraid…..Every time I walk into a dying patient’s room.

I am afraid…..Every time I start a conversation about hospice care.

I am afraid…..Every time I assess a dying patient.

I am afraid…..Am I missing something?

I am afraid…..Am I going to meet the patient’s needs?

I am afraid…..Am I going to say the wrong thing?

I am afraid…..How are they going to react?

I am afraid…..Every time I hold a patient’s hand

I am afraid…..Am I going to cry?

I am afraid…..Will I be confident enough?

I am afraid…..Will someone know I am afraid?

I do it anyway because someone needs to go into the room.

I do it anyway because someone needs to talk about the hard things.

I do it anyway because they need to know someone cares.

I do it anyway because patients need to know they are not alone and they can still get care.

I do it anyway because it makes me a better nurse.

I do it anyway because it makes my assessment better.

I do it anyway because it makes me more it makes my interventions better.

I do it anyway because it makes me more compassionate and empathetic.

I do it anyway because it makes me further my education to bring more knowledge to my patients.

I do it anyway because it lets the patient and family know they are important and their circumstances matter.

I am human and a nurse and I do the hard things anyway because that’s what nurse do.

I have been a nurse for 23 years and I am proud to say I’m still afraid.

3 thoughts on “Notes from a scared hospice nurse: I am afraid”

  1. Marta says:

    Wow. As a brand new nurse, and a home healthcare nurse…I loved reading this. I love it because that is how I feel and I feel better knowing that even an experienced nurse of so many years you feel this way as well. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Berta Sullivan says:

    I have never met a nurse that wasn’t compassionate, empathetic and caring. That is especially true of a hospice nurse. It certainly is a job that is needed but also an emotional job.

  3. Betty Ritacco says:

    Love it Lisa perfectly put!

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