Nursing the dying in intensive care
While at first sight being at opposite ends of a spectrum, closer inspection of intensive care and palliative care reveals many similarities. Both specialities developed during a similar time period and care for patients and their families at moments of extreme vulnerability and need. Staff in both must face death frequently and repeatedly manage its consequences for patients, families and themselves. In so doing, both specialities rely on models of specialist nursing care in which the ‘total’ care of patients and their families is paramount and in which recognition of the interdependence of medicine and nursing and the importance of team work is highly developed.
KeywordsIntensive Care Unit Palliative Care Emotional Exhaustion Intensive Care Nurse Extreme Vulnerability
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