At the End of Life

We were struck by a recent New York Timesarticle about Martha Keochareon, a nurse dying from pancreatic cancer, who invited students from her alma mater to her bedside:

For Ms. Keochareon, this was a chance to teach something about the profession she had found late and embraced — she became a nurse at 40, after raising her daughter and working for years on a factory floor.

“When I was a nurse, it seemed like most of the other nurses were never too happy having a student to teach,” she said, lying in her bedroom lined with pictures of relatives, friends, and herself in healthier times. “I loved it.”

The nurses in training, too, found great benefit to Keochareon’s kindness:

When the new semester starts this month, Ms. Santiago and Ms. Elliot will return to more conventional coursework: a pharmacology class, for example, and rotations in maternity and acute care…

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    • Celia,
      Thank you for visiting my blog and reading some of my posts.
      I am browsing the CCM Speak Sooner site and finding the concepts very interesting.
      Thank you for the link to your response to the article…communication and sharing in healthcare between health care providers and patients is something that is always a work in progress….and we all learn from each other regardless if we are the patient or the caregiver…a very inspiring story indeed.

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