Hospice Nursing.docx - Hospice Nursing Thomas Rocco Anatomy B2 Hospice nurses are very well known for their passion and emotional strength in their

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Hospice Nursing Thomas Rocco Anatomy B2 September 24, 2019
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Hospice nurses are very well known for their passion and emotional strength in their field. Hospice nurses must reflect on death almost every day as their job is to care for those close to death. Death is a very hard thing to comprehend and for these nurses to deal with it almost every day is inspiring. The hospice field is certainly not for the faint of heart which is why it requires a lot of testing and experience to get into. Nurses typically do nit receive the admiration a doctor does, but these hospice nurses surely deserve it. Hospice facilities first originated in Ireland and England to help those suffering from terminal illnesses. The first facility ever was called St Christopers and it was directed by Dr. Saunders. The objective was never to prolong life, but to make it more comfortable for those facing it. Hospice care didn’t spread to the US until the 1980s when it became apart of the Medicare program, but it wasn’t until 1990 when it was considered a medical subspecialty and physicians could become board certified. Hospice is often mistaken as “giving up”, which is not true at all. Hospice emphasizes the need to “affirm life”, to accept it for what is it and do your best to live more comfortably and happy. This often scares away patients and makes them take matters into their own hands. Tami Vajskop RN CHPN , a registered hospice nurse, said that she’s never had anyone complain about hospice treatment. As a matter of fact, she has heard more people say “I wish I called you sooner” rather than the opposite. A statistic posted by Stanford states that 60% of all American die in hospice care which is a scary number but does not tell the whole story. The point of hospice is to create a more comfortable life for those at the end of the line. According to Thomas Rocco MD, studies show that their lives tend to last longer even though that is not the objective. The sad truth is that patients are scared of hospice when it should be welcoming those who need it.
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The nature of the hospice nurse job is full of big responsibilities as soon as they enter the workplace. Nurses must deal with evolving medical issues and identify the problems given and make a diagnosis and treatment plan. They must deal with physical issues such as vomiting, lack of eating, lack of excretion, sleep deprivation, and more. Nurses also serve as a therapist to some
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