Why Nurses Should Be Skilled Clinicians, Advocates, And Guides When Caring For Someone Who Is Dying

985 Words Aug 6th, 2014 4 Pages
According to Linda Norlander, her book entitled To Comfort Always was “written for all nurses who have the courage and willingness to walk with patients on their final journey” (2008). Indeed, it serves as a quick guide for nurses who encounter end-of-life issues in practice. Before the book begins, the author embarked on a journey in the past with a former client who had left a major mark in Norlander’s life and career. As she reminisced, she pondered on all of the “what-could-have-beens” if she knew what she knew now as an experienced end-of-life care nurse. Norlander’s book has a simple format. Every chapter was written with a discussion of why nurses ought to become skilled clinicians, advocates, and guides when caring for someone who is dying. Norlander emphasizes the notion that these three core competencies are critical for end-of-life care. For skilled clinicians, the book discusses assessment skills, signs and symptoms, interventions, and other technical skills that are necessary for the management of care for end-of-life cases. This discussion is similar to a textbook discussion of death and dying but with less details and more anecdotal evidence. For acting as patient advocates, this book offers advice on how to ensure that clients obtain the best possible care in a variety of settings. Nurses can accomplish this through close collaboration with the patient, the family, and the whole healthcare team. The book strongly encourages nurses to utilize what the rest of…

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