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  •  Your GPA sounds high to me (5+ / 0-)

    Our profession's loss.

    Palliative care and end of life are very strong professional interests of mine. I've done plenty of cowboy heroics over the years, and this stuff freels better to me now. Palliative care nurses are the best group I've ever met, bar none.

    Very sorry about your friend. We're all gonna die, and we know that on many levels. We just don't want to die alone, or suffer.

    •  You'd be a wonderful addition (2+ / 0-)

      to any palliative care staff.

      Your diary brings back memories of sitting vigil beside my mom's bedside.  The caring staff made so much difference, and  was so relieved to be able to have quiet in her room.

      Good to see you here. Peace.

      •  Three-year MICU nurse here... (1+ / 0-)
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        I've seen way too many things done to way too many people who were way too far gone for anything to help beyond prayers for their soul and a healthy dose of morphine and versed.

        I got into nursing originally intending to be a CRNA, but the more I have seen, the less that interests me.  Many of these poor people wind up in the shape they are in because of some ridiculous surgery that should have never been attempted on them in the first place.  Ethically, I don't want to be a part of that.

        I applaud the palliative care nurses.  For myself, I am redirecting to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner.  I am burned out already after only three years, and I just want to get away.  My wife is bipolar, and the mind and its workings fascinate me.  After seeing how she was helped by her psych NP (some of the newer drugs actually seem to work, imagine that!), I'd like to help people in a similar way.

        "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." --V

        by chriscarlson on Thu Apr 03, 2008 at 10:07:59 PM PDT

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