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Death can be unavoidable and also uncontrollable (Grand Canyon University, 2018). Death plays an important role and raises a lot of ethical questions. I personally have worked in many different health care settings including TCU and long term care units. At these health care centers, death would happen expectedly and unexpectedly. I currently work in a LTAC, so I work with chronically critically ill patients. Most of our patients have tracheostomies and are on the ventilator. Considering the fragility of the patients in this kind of health care setting, death is seen. Prior to being a nurse, my view of death was way different than my view of death today. I have done chest compressions on many, and I have watched the LUCAS CPR machine be attached to many individuals.
Every single time I witness death occur, it is very difficult and, in most cases, very traumatic. Every case is different and unique, and there are different variables and circumstances surrounding each situation. However, being surrounded in this type of environment has helped me decide on certain things. I have made it very clear to my loved ones, exactly what I want and what I do not want done in emergency situations. The subject of death and dying I have come to learn is very difficult for most people in the general public to talk about. As a health care provider, I have found that talking about death and dying makes it easier and less emotional and distressing and has been very helpful for me. For the Christian believer the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ transforms the significance of death and provides a new perspective with end of life (Grand Canyon University, 2018).
How often do you engage with or witness death in your work? How has this experience or the lack of it shaped your view of death? Has it gotten easier or harder for you to accept the fact of death? As you explain, include your clinical specialty.
Using 200-300 words APA format with at least two references. Sources must be published within the last 5 years.
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