Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Publications & Resources

January/February 2010

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Guiding a peaceful end

RNs say the fine art and precise science of palliative care need support so more people have a dignified death.

Pat Hickman is often present during one of the most emotionally charged chapters in families’ lives: the time they spend saying their final goodbyes to a loved one who is dying. Keeping a terminally ill client comfortable while also giving families the privacy they need is a delicate dance Hickman has spent an entire career choreographing. Sometimes, the home care nurse needs to be at the patient’s bedside to administer medication for pain, breathlessness or anxiety.