End of Life

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End of Life Nursing
Donnie Barnes
Oklahoma Wesleyan University

End of Life Nursing
Every life will end in death. It can happen anywhere or anytime along the human lifespan, but it will definitely happen. Death is never an event in life that is encouraged or hope for, however when faced with impending end of life circumstances, it can be faced with dignity and decency.
Many people associate end-of-life care with treating physical pain and discomfort. While that is an important part, complete end-of-life (EOL) care also includes helping the dying person manage mental and emotional distress. An elder who is nearing the end of life who is alert might understandably feel depressed or anxious. Encourage conversations, so the elder has an
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338). Also, it is important to remember that family caregivers are unpaid providers who often need help to learn how to become competent in their delivery of care, while at the same time exercise safety to protect themselves, other family members, as well as the patient. The experienced nurse must always be an available resource when needed. The family caregiver must also be responsible enough to know their boundaries and when it is appropriate to ask for assistance.
According to the Journal of Nurse Practitioners (2009), one common nursing diagnosis related to end of life care is ineffective family coping related to prolonged disease/disability progression that exhausts the supportive capacity of significant persons. Some nursing interventions that can be employed towards this diagnosis are 1. Determine the level of impairment of perceptual, cognitive, and/or physical abilities of the patient. 2. Evaluate illness and current behaviors that are interfering with the care of the patient. 3. Establish rapport and acknowledge difficulty of the situation for the family. 4. Involve significant other in information giving, problem solving, and care of patient as feasible. Instruct in medication administration techniques, needed treatments, and ascertain adeptness with required equipment, and 5. Include all family members as appropriate in discussions. Provide and/or reinforce information about terminal illness and/or death and future family needs (p.
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