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Nurses must ‘reflect’ new end of life care standards


Stone, I hope it occurs to you that every single individual patient is different and so are all their very different circumstances surrounding their process of dying which I will not waste my time spelling out to you. All those surrounding them and involved in their care are also individuals and professionals come together as a team to reach consensus on a plan in order to provide in all measure possible continuity of care. This care is informed by a very complex combination of different elements, which I have no time to detail, but include background training in the areas of medicine, nursing and everything surrounding these disciplines as well as philosophy, spirituality, the law, various healthcare policies and the care needs of the whole person from the day they are born and very much more. As well as the above, clinicians also bring their own personal elements and in addition their professional and personal experience, expertise, evidence based knowledge, empathy, and an understanding, where possible, of the life and wishes of the patient and above all their highly developed capacity for both deductive and intuitive thought. Guidelines have been drawn up by a panel of these experts and those around the world taking all aspects of dying patients into consideration. It is the duty of clinicians to consult these guidelines and intelligently adapt the recommendations to the needs of each and every patient according to their own unique set of needs and any problems confronting them. Professionals, however, are fully autonomous in their own right and work together with others and their patient to make the best possible decisions to inform their care. Not every single clause in the guidelines is relevant to the care of every patient and trying to follow them blindly does not lead to high quality or safe care and can be highly detrimental to the patient. Nurses are not robots but sentient human beings like those they care for and are very well trained and qualified in alll of the skills for the job they do. Please therefore stop trying to tell them how to do their job and persistently trashing the profession and this site.

Posted date

7 July, 2016

Posted time

2:37 pm