Hear from a Nurse
As a nurse treating people daily, I am constantly called upon to provide, promote and protect my patients daily in their health journey. Having looked after individuals with anorexia, depression, dementia, crippling disabilities, terminal conditions, both the young and the elderly, I am called as a team member to foster, honour and safeguard every person regardless of their frailties, perceived brokenness, or loss of self determination. The underlying bedrock is that my patients trust me as their healthcare provider ‘to do good’ and ‘to do no harm.’
Ebbing between life and death, I have seen numerous patients change their minds about the timing of dying, by simply being cared for in a positive and encouraging environment. Battling with the grief and losses associated with their new found life altering conditions and being reaffirmed that they are ‘not a burden,’ their journey through the rehabilitation process has often seen them meet new people and see life from a new perspective. Their comorbidities haven't changed, but rather their mindset with time has as they mastered new approaches and passed the many hurdles they thought insurmountable.