Once upon a time, competencies were developed for health care providers in palliative and end of life care. There were competencies written for nurses, health care workers (nursing assistants, personal support workers, hospice aides), physicians and social workers, and others. There were competencies developed in many lands, in Ireland and the United States, in Nova Scotia and Alberta, in Ottawa and Vancouver, to name just a few. After creation, competencies struggled to be heard and adopted and too often were not used to inform curriculum or education development.
Palliative Care and ICU
Siobhan Bell, RN, BScN, MN
When people think about an intensive care unit (ICU), they usually picture the beeping and humming sounds of machines. They picture nurses, doctors and other health care providers doing a dance that is going to fix or save their loved one. While in many cases this is true, there is the other side to the ICU. The side where the dance is the dance of comfort. The dance that always ends in death. The goal of this dance is to bring the end for the patient and their loved ones, in a way that we are providing comfort and the opportunities for goodbye’s.
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I am deeeelighted to announce, the new: Frances Montgomery Compassionate Communities Caregiver Award
(Photo of Frankie and myself in Times Square in New York City a few years ago)
Created and Sponsored by Life and Death Matters
This award celebrates the immense contributions of the social community in caring for people at end-of-life and acknowledges that care of the sick and the dying is “everyone’s responsibility”. This award acknowledges the invaluable contribution of community members who provide care and support for people throughout the living-dying and bereavement process. It is presented to an individual who is a dedicated “compassionate community caregiver”. It is hoped that the award will be used to help the individual access education or educational resources to increase their care competencies. (This award is for someone who lives in British Columbia.)