Hospice nurses are mentally and emotionally strong people who take care of patients who are at the last stage of their illnesses. In medical term, the problems that afflict patients are known as terminal illnesses. Terminal illness is that disease which cannot be cured, and death is sure but slow. Any disease that has crossed all the initial stages and reached to the extreme one is incurable. This includes the end-stage of cancer, heart and lung diseases, and AIDS. These nurses look after terminally ill patients and ensure that the dying process is pain-free. They also take care that the remaining days of patients are full of comfort and positive feelings.
These nurses work in hospitals or in patients’ residence. Hospice patients cannot be cured and death is imminent, so the job of these nurses perform is very critical. Since no one can save a person from death, except god, all that could be done by the nurses is to help patients in embracing the death with dignity and without having much pain and discomfort. Mainly, the role performed these nurses is of pain management and an educator. They provide mental and emotional support to patients and their families. These nurses are assisted by certified nursing assistant (CNA) in completing their tasks. The main aim behind providing medical and nursing care to patients is to ensure that the last few days of their lives are spent comfortably and in less pain.
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