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Old 08-01-2007, 06:45 AM
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In our small agency we do both home health and hospice nursing. Last Friday I admitted a lovely lady in a nursing home to hospice. I spent a lot of time there over the weekend, getting to know her, controlling her pain. She passed away peacefully and surrounded by family Monday morning. Another story could be written about her, but this is about another resident of the nursing home. T. is a middle aged person, wheel chair bound, with what might be MS or CP. She introduced herself to me as I went in on Friday. We chit chatted a bit before I went to do my admission. On Monday, when I went back to pronounce our hospice pt and meet with the family, T was sitting in his/her chair outside. "How are you doing?" T asked. I smiled, responded 'fine, how are you" and went in to the building. About an hour later, as I was leaving, this lovely person wheeled up to me, took my hand and again said. "How are YOU doing?" This took me a little by surprise. "I know you just lost a patient", T continued. "And I heard you supporting the family and the patients nursing staff here. But you are a person first, then a nurse. And I wanted you to know that I am sorry you lost a patient." As I fought the tears, I gave T a hug and thanked them. This patient, with mulitiple issues of their own, took the time to support the nurse. That patients' actions stayed with me all day.

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Old 08-01-2007, 11:39 AM
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What a wonderful person T so obviously is. I hope they are appreciated by those around them. It certainly makes nursing worthwhile when something like that happens.
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Old 08-04-2007, 12:22 AM
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In our small agency we do both home health and hospice nursing. Last Friday I admitted a lovely lady in a nursing home to hospice. I spent a lot of time there over the weekend, getting to know her, controlling her pain. She passed away peacefully and surrounded by family Monday morning. Another story could be written about her, but this is about another resident of the nursing home. T. is a middle aged person, wheel chair bound, with what might be MS or CP. She introduced herself to me as I went in on Friday. We chit chatted a bit before I went to do my admission. On Monday, when I went back to pronounce our hospice pt and meet with the family, T was sitting in his/her chair outside. "How are you doing?" T asked. I smiled, responded 'fine, how are you" and went in to the building. About an hour later, as I was leaving, this lovely person wheeled up to me, took my hand and again said. "How are YOU doing?" This took me a little by surprise. "I know you just lost a patient", T continued. "And I heard you supporting the family and the patients nursing staff here. But you are a person first, then a nurse. And I wanted you to know that I am sorry you lost a patient." As I fought the tears, I gave T a hug and thanked them. This patient, with mulitiple issues of their own, took the time to support the nurse. That patients' actions stayed with me all day.

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