ANP220CampusEngagementPrognoses

ANP220CampusEngagementPrognoses - Daniel McAree ANP 220...

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Daniel McAree ANP 220 4/6/10 Campus Engagement On April 6, 2010, I attended a lecture in the International Center titled “Prognoses, Prayers, and Funeral Songs: Khmer Stories and Bioethical Possibility,” given by Professor Jean Langford from the Department of Anthropology of the University of Minnesota. The purpose of the talk was to examine how different people deal with a dying family member or loved one and the ethical possibilities for confronting death. I thought the event was a great success, providing an example of a dying twelve-year-old boy and how his nurses and doctors were in a precarious position and often are. The parents of the boy did not want their son to know he was dying because they thought he would be so discouraged that he would give up on his battle to overcome his sickness. It is not uncommon for parents to believe that discouraging the patient will cause them to become sicker. The doctors and nurses are trained to honor the wishes of the family, so they could not tell the patient he was dying. The hospice nurse said that the boy never
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