A news story this week on nursingtimes.net suggests respiratory nurses are reluctant to talk to patients about end of life care. http://bit.ly/iAzMR0 End stage respiratory disease is very unpredictable and it can be difficult to judge when it is appropriate to talk about dying. What are your experiences? Do you feel able to talk to patients about dying?
It has not been discussed as much in theory but while on my placements in the community it was briefly explained to me what end of life care is and how they went about giving end of life care. End of life care is a subject I am very passionate about and for my service improvement in my 3rd year I want to have something in place where COPD patients can have palliative care. What do you think about this Eileen?
I think this a a great ambition. Alot of nurses tell me that patients with COPD often lose out on the palliative care. It is a life limiting disease. Have you looked at some of our articles on the topic?
Not yet, as I have just figured out how to use the website to it's full potential but I shall be having a look because death is an important part of care because nurses need to ensure that it is to the patients wishes and is dignified. COPD patients will never get better although they can do things to manage their illness such as gently exercise. These patients need to have something in place so they know they are supported through their illness, aware of the the progression of their illness and most importantly so they don't feel alone and scared. I was looking at how I could start a blog about palliative care for COPD patients but then I found your blog.