The Importance Of Historical Aspects Of Death And Dying

1433 WordsJul 31, 20166 Pages
The Importance of Historical Aspects of Death and Dying for Nurses The field of nursing has always been one with constant evolution. From the early days on the battlefields, farms and homes to current events that occur in the hospital, nursing has always had challenges to face. Death and dying, in particular, has evolved from private settings to publicly passing away in a hospital or nursing home. This paper will focus on defining and discussing the historical aspects of death and dying, presenting the current functions and roles of the hospice nurse, why it is important for nurses to know this valuable information and how this knowledge shapes the future of nursing. Past History of Nursing and Definitions It is necessary to define and discuss the history, in particular, the American experience of dying and death. The United States (US) has not always had hospitals for which the ill and dying go to be cared for. Prior to the civil war, death was considered a private matter (Leming & Dickinson, 2016). The only indication a person passed away was the tolling of the church bells or the symbolic gravestone on a family’s property. Weatherford (2010) states that the Civil War and the contributions from Clara Barton, initiated a standard of care as well as a central location for delivering care. Before hospitals were common in the US, one hundred percent of patient care was performed at the home or on the battlefield. Wives and mistresses of the soldiers followed the camps
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