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Nursing Aspects of Inappropriate Patient Care

  • Melanie S. Smith
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Abstract

The recognition of our own mortality is an inevitable moment in our life. Once we grasp the concept that our time in this world is limited, we begin to contemplate the manner in which our lives may end. Whether it be an unexpected accident or a terminal disease, we prefer to imagine a death that is comfortable or at the least natural and surrounded by our family and intimates. It would be difficult to find anyone who has envisioned their own death as a drawn out process with their body kept viable by machines. Enduring a multitude of invasive procedures and tests that accomplish nothing to improve someone’s state of life, simply prolonging an inevitable dying process.

Keywords

Futile Nurse Comfort Advocate Ethical Nursing perspective 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Neurovascular Intensive Care UnitUPMC Presbyterian University HospitalPittsburghUSA

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