Leadership DIMENSIONThe Rapid Response Team Nurse's Role in End-of-Life Discussions During Critical SituationsBouley, Gary MS, RNAuthor Information Gary Bouley, MS, RN, is the senior SWAT/RRT RN at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Connecticut. The author has disclosed that he has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Gary Bouley, MS, RN, Yale-New Haven Hospital, 20 York St, New Haven, CT 06504 ([email protected]; [email protected]). Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: November 2011 - Volume 30 - Issue 6 - p 321-325 doi: 10.1097/DCC.0b013e31822fa9a2 Buy Metrics AbstractIn Brief Rapid response teams have been in existence in hospitals over the past decade. This team call may offer life-saving interventions that save lives but, in some cases, may prolong the dying process. There are times in which the rapid response team nurse and the intensive care nurses need to have an understanding of the families' perception of what is occurring and manage this situation through communication, empathy, and information sharing. The nurse must be involved during discussions surrounding end-of-life decisions. The nurse also has a role in supporting the family through this difficult time of making a decision to withhold life-supporting measures. Rapid response teams have been present in many hospitals over the past decade. Often, team members, particularly nurses, must work with families when discussing end-of-life discussions. This article describes the nurse's role in supporting the family through this difficult time. © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.