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By Amanda Anderson, a critical care nurse and graduate student in New York City currently doing a graduate placement at AJN.
End-of-life care and decision making have been getting a lot of attention lately. The Institute of Medicine released a new report earlier this year, Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life (available for free download as a PDF).
Nurses who write often write about end-of-life matters. A couple of recent examples:
On the Nurse Manifest Web site, a look at the realities and challenges of futile care in America. Here’s a quote:
“I am currently teaching a thanatology (study of death and dying) course for nurses that I designed . . . to support students to go deeply in their reflective process around death and dying, to explore the holistic needs of the dying, and to delve into the body of evidence around the science and politics of death and dying.”
Or read another nurse blogger’s less abstract take on the tricky emotional territory nurses face when a patient dies.
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