June 14 2016
Written By
Barbara Karnes, RN
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Have We Lost the Essence of Hospice?

Have We Lost the Essence of Hospice?


Marsha - June 17 2017

I have spent the last 27 years of my life working in hospice. As a nurse,I feel that I’m doing Gods work. What an honor and a privilege to serve those on their final journey, and those who love them. I too am frustrated by the many rules and regs that require so much documentation that the time at the bedside has decreased….I miss the days when I could sit by the bed and listen to the stories of a dying grandmothers youth. To listen as a dear grandfather relives his days serving his country. To help a young mother document the things she wants her children to know as they grow up without her. To stroll with a young man as he thinks aloud of what he could have accomplished if he had had more time. I do what must be done, then spend an hour typing it into a machine, that requires numbers and words— but that cannot capture the heart of why we are there.
Oh to be able to care for people the way I would like to, so that at the end of the day, my heart is filled with a cocktail of the joy and sadness that end of like creates… I will live out the rest of my working life as a hospice nurse- good Lord and my good boss willing— and I will pray that I spend enough time and give enough support, and share enough love, that anyone who allows me into their last days will never leave this life in pain or feeling unvalued.

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