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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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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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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How Palliative Care and Dolls Helped My Father Beat the Odds and Reclaim His Spark

How Palliative Care and Dolls Helped My Father Beat the Odds and Reclaim His Spark – Ms Punita Khatter, Gurgaon My 92-year-old father, a retired army officer with two heart attacks (25% heart function), and advanced Alzheimer’s, fell critically ill in early September, 2023. He developed dysphagia, a common Alzheimer’s swallowing complication that worsened with…

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Embracing Compassion: The Imperative Need for Palliative Care for Leprosy Patients

Embracing Compassion: The Imperative Need for Palliative Care for Leprosy Patients – Ms Y Shailaja, Jamshedpur Ms Lata (name changed), W/o Mr Rajesh (name changed), was a leprosy affected person with a 50% disability due to leprosy. On 6th March, 2023, she fell down and fractured her right femur. She was taken to MGM Medical…

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A Shift in Perspective: Understanding Pain in Palliative Care

A Shift in Perspective: Understanding Pain in Palliative Care – Dr Sidhulal K, Kozhikode In the world of palliative care, pain is an unwelcome but an ever-present companion. It’s a silent scream, a relentless shadow that envelops the lives of those battling terminal illnesses. Within the delicate ecosystem of this field, the role of healthcare…

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