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

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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…show more content…
This ensures that the clients receive necessary interventions that are beyond the nurse’s scope of practice. When considering how to help each client and their family, a nurse needs not to go further than to simply ask. For acting as guides, this book provides valuable tips on how to walk with clients and their respective families through the dying experience. When a nurse acts as a guide, he or she must be able to combine his or her intuition with knowledge and communication skills in order to lead patients and their family in this last and difficult journey. Striving to become as competent and compassionate as one can, a nurse could leave a huge impact in the lives of the dying and those who are being left behind. Nurses are not only present to provide compassionate care but are also there to help the patient leave an everlasting legacy that their loved ones could never forget. Everyone who is involved with end-of-life care, whether they are part of the health care team or a family member, can truly benefit from reading this work. The patients themselves can benefit as this book can assist them to better understand what they are going through and become more aware of how much help is out there for them. This book has several strengths. Every chapter (or major topic) begins with a small anecdote or narrative of a patient’s dying experience. These narratives often involve nurses and family members. These
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