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Bedside Nurse Involvement in End-of-Life Decision Making: A Brief Review of the Literature

Erickson, Jodi MSN, BA, RN

Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: March/April 2013 - Volume 32 - Issue 2 - p 65–68
doi: 10.1097/DCC.0b013e318280833b

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.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Jodi Erickson, MSN, BA, RN, 1103 25th Ave SE, Puyallup, WA 98374 (

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