I did manage to graduate, and pass the NCLEX. Right now I am in the process of finding a job. However, whether or not I have a job doesn’t mean I stop being a nurse. In that spirit, there was an op-ed in the New York times, that I think deserves some consideration.
Suzanne Gordon blogged about it: http://suzannecgordon.com/medical-futility-how-can-we-help-people-confront-the-inevitable/
The idea is that when there isn’t anything else that medicine can do, throwing more interventions at the problem isn’t a productive use of resources. Far better to help people prepare for death.
I am preparing a post about what I feel about “Dying with Dignity” movement, so I won’t go into that now. Where is the line however? What’s the difference between medical futility and a kind of medical paternalism that takes control out of the patient’s hands? I’m not sure. I would welcome comments about this.