You are a nurse taking care of a 45 year old patient who is dying of metastic pancreas cancer with approximately 5 months to live. She states that she is okay with dying and has reached the acceptance phase. She is having significant amount of pain. Her family is the room and it is obviously distressing for them to see her in so much pain. questions to reflect on: how would you feel caring for this patient 1. is hospice care appropriate for this patient and why ?
2. What skills do you need as a nurse to help this patient and their family experience a “good death”?