I would have to agree with the comments about Hospice nurses, we don’t “push” Roxanol to quicken the dying process..and we are truly trying to control pain and offer them some quality of what is left of their life. We struggle with losing patients and we aren’t robots part of being a good nurse is offering part of yourself with your care and compassion. It never gets “easy” to watch someone die. I don’t think there are many of us that it doesn’t affect and at times the emotions can preceded what we’ve been taught and we cry too, our families witness our sadness at times it’s overwhelming . Its a physically demanding job but emotionally difficult as well. Its also an honor to have the trust of a hospice patient and their family to care for them at the end of their life. We support the grieving and then do ours in private.
It never gets “easy” to watch someone die.
September 22, 2015