On the occasion of National Nurses Week, May 6-12, I’d like to take the opportunity to publicly thank and recognize our Delaware Hospice nurses, who serve our patients each day with commitment and compassion.
It takes a special kind of individual to meet the demands of a hospice nurse. Hospice care involves a holistic approach which is multidisciplinary, and a hospice nurse at any given time might need to provide medical, spiritual, emotional, social, bereavement, as well as nursing guidance.
Hospice nurses are experts in symptom control and palliative care, monitoring the progression of a patient’s illness and adjusting medication accordingly to provide each person and family an optimal quality of life for as long as possible.
Hospice nurses are educators, teaching families what to expect, how to cope, and how to administer medications.
Hospice nurses might also be asked to counsel, to listen, to pray, or even simply to hold the hand of a patient.
Above all, hospice nurses offer the tender care and comfort needed for the patient and family to enjoy their most special time together.
Thank you, Delaware Hospice nurses, for your energy, skills, and dedication and for the love that you share with each and every family you meet.
Susan D. Lloyd, MSN, RN
President and CEO of Delaware Hospice