Bedside nurses in the critical care setting deal with death on a regular basis. Historically, end-of-life decision making has been addressed by physicians with the family and patient, yet nurses may be a better resource for families during the decision-making process. The purpose of this article was to provide a brief review of literature surrounding end-of-life decision making. As patient advocates, nurses should be more actively involved with facilitating the end-of-life decision-making process for critically ill patients and their families.
As patient advocates, critical care nurses should be active in facilitating the end-of-life decision-making process for our patients and their families.This article provides a review of the literature concerning this topic.
Jodi Erickson, MSN, BA, RN, is a registered nurse working in Critical Care at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Washington. She recently completed her MSN degree at Pacific Lutheran University. Jodi worked for nearly 2 decades in the field of geriatrics in long-term-care management and volunteer management prior to becoming a nurse.
The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.
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