Nursing is challenging work. It’s the kind of work that calls an average human being to display superhuman qualities when pushed. Qualities such as inordinate patience, even temperament, lack of bias and continual discipline. However, nurses are still human beings and extreme situations such as patient criticality, medicine overdose and night time emergencies in the absence of a doctor do occur. How should a nurse behave in such extreme situations?
When A Patient Dies
All nurses go through several patient deaths in the course of their career. Nursing being an empathetic vocation, it’s natural for nurses to bond with critically ill patients and root for their recovery. When a patient dies, the resulting trauma can leave the nurse feeling guilty, angry, depressed and pointless.
Here are few tips to handle this situation:
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