Ways for a nurse to cope with death

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    I will never forget the first patient that I had pass away on my watch. I remember the exact time, the room number, their hair color, everything. Death has never been an easy thing for me to get over. What helps you cope with the death of a patient?


    I am a new RN and work on a cardiac unit and have had two deaths. I think what helped me cope was knowing that they were no longer suffering and that in their last hours I was comforting and caring. Also, that the families were comforted by the care their loved ones received. When the families hug you and say thank you for everything that you did, I feel a little peace of mind.


    ER folks cope well.
    Bury it deep down in soul.
    With luck, it won’t stain.

    Page 89: Haiku STAT!

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