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Running head: MILESTONE TWO: PICO(T) QUESTION1Picot Question: Death with Dignity and Burnout for NursesNUR-440: Research and Evidenced-Based PracticeSouthern New Hampshire UniversityMay 19, 2019
MILESTONE TWO: PICO(T) QUESTION2PICO(T) QuestionThe population (P) of interest in this PICOT question are hospice nurses. Their characteristics include compassion of nurses who demonstrate a keen awareness of the sacredness of the journey called death. They likely will put their well-being above everything else and care for the patients and families as though they are their own. The art of compassionatecaring in hospice nurses is an essential trait. The caregiver has a unique challenge of coping with the loss on a very regular basis because it is an expectation that hospice caregivers’ will ultimately lose their patient to death and leave behind a family deep in grief. The loss for hospice nurses and the experiences occur far more often than it may for inpatient nurses. The very aspect of delivering hospice care does mandate that caregivers, as well volunteers, become avery intimate part of their patients’ daily lives (Fitzgerald, 2014). When a patient or family share one’s death and dying experience, it makes each remaining day or minutes more profound. Whileproviding compassionate care for the entire family, and then also the caregivers contributing so much of oneself is a significant and often immeasurable job. When you compound this loss with the fact that hospice nurses in many states are also now caring for patients and their loved ones who are anticipating having control over their death by using a law called, Death with Dignity (DWD), or Patient assisted suicide, the possibility of burnout can be even higher. An identified intervention (I), with other relevant interventions, may likely reduce the adverse effects of stress in the hospice nurses life, which will minimize burnout and turnover for this nursing population. It is a well-known fact that within nursing, burnout, compassion fatigue,