Katie Duke on having end-of-life discussions with your patients
Nurses are well acquainted with the reality of death, and while it can be difficult to accept, every nurse learns, in his or her own way, how to cope on the job.
But that doesn’t mean it’s not a very real challenge for nurses to speak candidly (if at all) with patients and their loved ones about end-of-life care, which remains a delicate, even controversial topic.
In this week’s episode of “The Katie Duke Show” on ScrubsBeat, Katie explains why she thinks nurses are in a unique position to provide end-of-life counsel, and discusses how nurses should approach these discussions in a compassionate but direct manner to help patients and their loved ones make difficult decisions.
How do you think nurses should approach a conversation about end-of-life care? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.
By Katie Duke