Rhonda Nearhoof, this is very touching and I absolutely admire your courage and strength. Being a hospice nurse, you face a lot of challenges of whether or not to be emotional close to the patient and the family. Based on your post I can see that you went beyond the call of duty to advocate for the patient in every way that you could. I also agree with you that “if we do not speak for our patients, then who will?”. As mentioned in your post, many patients are unable to speak for themselves, and they need our education and guidance to advocate for them to their families, doctors, or whoever else is involved with their care, and I honestly agree that it is our duty as a nurse to speak up and ensure their needs are met because as a nurse
Loss, grief and bereavement is something we all come across within our lifetimes, whether it is in a professional or personal capacity. This discussion will focus on sudden death and the devastating effects it can have on the significant others of the deceased. Theoretical concepts about loss, grief and bereavement will be explored, and the impact that paramedics can have using evidenced based holistic care. “Loss, grief and bereavement are about more than just death and dying” (Nicol, 2017, p.44). All three processes are interlinked together, potentially evoking a highly emotive response whether the death was expected or sudden (Alexander and Klein, 2012).
On December 2013, my sister passed away at Brigham and Women's Hospital in the Intensive Care Unit. Through this experience, I hope that others can have the same support that I had two years ago. I am comfortable working with diverse individuals because everyone share the same pressure when in a hospital setting. My ability to empathize and support others through volunteering will be well expressed in such environment. Many unfortunate events occur in a hospital and as a community, it is morally right to assist one another during time of crisis.
It was very shocking and I was not able to get myself out of the sadness. It was truly a very painful experience as it was too sudden. However, I would say, time was the best medicine by adapting the loss it had given me the opportunity to re-evaluate my personal values and beliefs, which in turn lead me to a sense of fulfilment. Working in critical care unit, I do witness a lot of loss; now with my own experience I am able to manage people and able to handle the situation better. I built a very strong professional relationship with all my patients.
We all felt the loss of her warmth and presence keenly, but none more than my mother, who suffered through an intense period of depression in the months following. This was my first experience with death, and I can clearly remember the sadness and confusion I felt during and after my grandmother’s funeral. Trying to come to grips with losing my grandmother was difficult enough, but I found myself having to take on the responsibilities my mother’s depression had rendered her unable to do. Though my mother eventually recovered, I had no idea at the time that watching her struggling with depression would be an augury for my own personal battles with
Warm salty tears rolled down my melancholy face onto my black dress, as I spaced out at my white sandals my grandmother had bought me. The ten-year-old mindset was to gaze around the room at all the faces overtaken with grief, constantly asking myself "Why do bad things happen to good people?" As a child not knowing the answer to this question was hard to understand the point of this lesson in life that has been thrown at me. Not able to bring my grandmother back to life was absolutely painful to watch as she was lowered into her grave. In 1996, my grandmother, Teresa was diagnosed with lung cancer, and she took her last breath April 30th, 2010.
In the mid-1980s all the way through the 1990s, the United States was plagued with an epidemic and the fears that came along with this, after severely infected areas like New York City were forced to recognize AIDS as a rapidly spreading disease. AIDS is mostly a sexually transmitted virus that attacks white blood cells and weakens the body’s ability to fight off infections, and if left untreated, can result in death. This virus was most identified as claiming more lives of black, male homosexuals, than any other populated group in the U.S at this time, and therefore AIDS was considered a “gay disease” that left this group stigmatized and loathed by an already racist and homophobic society. The term “living with AIDS” began to be utilized when
Each day I would call my mother asking for updates on how he was recovering, yet all she would say is “you’re too young to understand” and hang up. I could feel the pain in her voice through the phone and I could sense something was terribly wrong. Over and over I envisioned that my grandfather never actually woke up from the anesthesia; I wasn’t wrong. My grandfather’s funeral was another day that I will never forget, it was as if God was showing to me that everything was going to be all right.
Defeating Hep C Having Hepatitis C was an enormous obstacle in my life. But, through the advancements in medical technology, emotional resilience, having spiritual faith with family support, I was able to get through the treatments and be cured of the disease. My daughter also struggled and overcame the disease. After being diagnosed with Hep C in 1997, I was in complete denial because I had no physical symptoms of the disease. In fact, I did not believe the physicians at that time.
HIV-positive individuals ought to notify sexual or needle-sharing partners of their HIV status. If you are HIV positive and do not tell your sexual or needle-sharing partner, she may perhaps have grounds to file a lawsuit against you. Even if you don’t pass on HIV to your partner she may take legal action for placing her at jeopardy. He needs to let his girlfriend know that he is HIV-positive and practice safe sex. 4.
Sexual offences are sexual assaults that are covered in the Sexual Offences Act 2003. Sexual assault also known as sexual violence or abuse is any type of involuntary sexual activity that the victim does not give consent to (does not agree to) and it is never the victim’s fault. Sexual assault can include any type of sexual contact with someone who cannot consent, such as someone who is underage, has an intellectual disability, or is passed out. It also includes rape, attempted rape, sexual coercion, sexual contact with a child, incest (sexual contact between family members), Fondling or unwanted touching above or under clothes. Sexual assault can also be verbal or visual and it is anything that forces a person to join in unwanted sexual contact
75% of black’s people the age between 18-64 were tested for HIV and reported even having been tested for HIV. On one of the research 17% black people living with HIV infected people and they don’t know about infection. 31% of Blacks people were tested HIV infection after their illness. For prevention of that type of infectious disease we organize health education training or camp where educate the patient about how to transmit HIV from one person to another, and spread awareness in the community.
“After the virus is diagnosed, the doctor and patient need to decide on the treatment that is right for the patient (Nardo, 2007). “ Some patients are surprised when their doctors recommend a watch and wait approach rather than immediate treatment (Nardo, 2007, p.62). This all depends on the severity of the