End Of Life Theory/ Nursing Care At The End Of Life – Essay Example

1) The first reading, written by Mason (2002), emphasizes upon the importance of palliative care in the life of patients. Palliation should significantly be considered to be a part of treatment procedure as it motivates the patient to fight with his illness, and if the illness does not terminate, then it helps him through a peaceful death. Medical specialists and nurses have been successful in implementing technological means for treatment, but they have totally or partially neglected the patient and his feelings about getting cured. I strongly second the fact that patients having lethal diseases prolonging over months need to be given palliative nursing care so that their remaining life becomes easy for them despite the incurable illness. I must say that patients must also be given alternative treatment options even if they refuse treatment.
2) The second reading by Field and Cassel (1997) focuses on the same thing, that is, absence of proper palliative care when the patient is dying. I strongly agree that sometimes it is the patient’s relatives who do not bother giving proper care to the dying person and at other times, they are so much bothered that they opt for harmful interventions to save him. Also, at times, there are such strict laws and regulations that keep the physician from providing palliative nursing care. Hence, there must be laws regarding the provision of emotional, spiritual and physical care during the patient’s dying phase. I know a relative of mine who died out of indifference shown by his physician regarding continuing the treatment because he thought it was of no use as the illness was incurable. Thus, the medical staff must be trained as to how they should deal with the dying person.
Field, MJ. & Cassel, CK. (1997). Committee on Care at the End of Life, Institute of. Approaching Death: Improving Care at the End of Life. Washington, DC, USA: National Academies Press.
Mason, DJ. (2002). Are we specializing in neglect? AJN, 102(5), p. 7.