What is at the heart of nursing?: My recent Reflections

What is at the heart of nursing?: My recent Reflections – Erika Cleborne-Bérubé, Edinburgh I maintain that being a nurse involves far more than competently completing a set of clinical tasks, such as recording clinical observations, it must involve the care of the patient as a whole person. How one nurse can be the difference…

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Partnering with ECHS to initiate Palliative Care in Armed Forces

Partnering with ECHS to initiate Palliative Care in Armed Forces – Dr Savita Butola, Panisagar The armed forces have their own way of life, their own organizational culture and their own challenges. The medical services within the forces are organized so as to meet their specific requirements. Palliative care awareness, which is lacking in the…

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Unveiling Shadows: The Weight of Unspoken Truths in Terminal Illnesses

Unveiling Shadows: The Weight of Unspoken Truths in Terminal Illnesses – Ms Shelbi Baby, Ireland In times of terminal illnesses, the weight of unspoken truths can cast a shadow over the journey ahead. It’s not uncommon for individuals and their loved ones to shy away from having difficult conversations surrounding death and dying. However, as…

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Movement Medicine and Integrative Palliative Care

Movement Medicine and Integrative Palliative Care – Zuleikha, USA “Offering hope to those suffering from terminal illness or battling challenging life circumstances isn’t easy… for American dancer and healer Zuleikha.” —Words from my late dear friend, Ms Ritu Bhatia, a Delhi journalist. I am Zuleikha, a performing artist, an educator in transformative self-care, and the…

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The Other One

The Other One – Dr Jewell Joseph, Vellore “There is no one in the world, other than your siblings, who knows what it’s like to have been raised the way you were.” In many ways, the sibling bond is unique. It encompasses the comfort of family, the freshness of friendship and the spirit of rivalry.…

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The Joy of practicing Palliative Care

The Joy of practicing Palliative Care – Dr Pankaj Chowdhary, Siliguri Following my house-job in Radiotherapy, I decided to pursue my professional career in Oncology. My professor immediately warned me of the paucity of work in 1986 – 87. Despite the challenges in technology (limited availability of CT scans, radiotherapy equipment and planning aids) and…

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Unveiling the layers of Inequity: Racism and Discrimination in Healthcare

Unveiling the layers of Inequity: Racism and Discrimination in Healthcare – Palliative Care Nurse, India Racism and discrimination in healthcare in India are complex issues which are intertwined with several factors such as caste, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, language barriers, regional disparities etc. Social hierarchy, caste, and creed, significantly affect an individual’s life and their…

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