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Nurses Reveal the Last Wishes of the Dying

People who are terminally ill usually have simple last requests that bring them joy

The last wishes of the dying often have one thing in common. They revolve around the simple pleasures in life. Palliative care nurses at the Royal Stoke University Hospital in England say that many of the people who stay at their … Continue reading

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Suicidal Doctors: What Happens When Caretakers Need Help Themselves

In the wake of doctors committing suicide, hospitals focus on healing the healers

It’s easy to forget that doctors and nurses are people too. Like their ill patients, they get tired; they get hungry; they get frustrated; and they get discouraged. Working so closely with illness and death is a draining experience for … Continue reading

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An 

Amputee Palliative Physician Discusses What Really Matters at the End of Life

BJ Miller suggests that including life's simple pleasures alongside symptom management is urgently needed in palliative care

In his 2015 Ted Talk, palliative physician BJ Miller asserts that life’s simple pleasures are more powerfully healing on an emotional and psychological level than symptom management as people navigate their final days. He recounts an incident in his early twenties … Continue reading

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Bringing Palliative Care into the Conversation

CSU Institute for Palliative Care addresses the growing need for education and public awareness in the field

California State University is tackling a shortage in palliative care workers by launching the first statewide educational and workforce development initiative dedicated specifically to palliative care. With an aging population and an increase in the number of people living with … Continue reading

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An Interview with Marilyn Reiss-Carradero, Pt. 2

The continuation of our conversation on palliative care in the hospital and end-of-life planning

Liz: As a nurse, what kind of special perspective do you have on end-of-life in the hospital? Marilyn: Once you’re in the hospital, the nurse is going to become your best friend. Because we are so much more intimately involved … Continue reading

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An Interview with Marilyn Reiss-Carradero, Pt. 1

An RN's perspective on end-of-life in the hospital: what changes need to be made?

Marilyn Reiss-Carradero, RN, BSN, CCRN, works at Santa Clara County Valley Medical Center in San Jose, CA, and advocates for change in palliative care and end-of-life practice. Here, she reflects on the day-to-day experiences in the hospital, the lack of … Continue reading

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