Call for more classes on life’s final chapter
A leading educator says nurses and other health professionals need to be taught more about how different cultural groups approach death and dying, reports Linda Belardi.
Renowned healthcare ethics expert Professor Megan-Jane Johnstone has called for a component of death studies to be introduced into nursing education. Johnstone said an exploration of meaning of life issues and differing cultural world views, would help support nurses and other health professionals to better approach the dying person and to acknowledge cultural differences in end-of-life care. Cultural considerations relevant to end-of-life care remain poorly understood, poorly guided and poorly resourced, she told Nursing Review. "Despite health services the world over adopting an ethos of...
Tuesday, 3 July 2012
This is a great article on an important and neglected topic - however, we have found education on this topic does not seem to appeal to many nurses. For a while now, we have run a two day seminar specially for nurses entitled: "Coping with Death " and have found it seldom attracts more than a handful of participants, despite extensive promotion. Interestingly, those who do attend seem to really value the program and the discussions that are generated but are surprised at how few of their colleagues are present. If anyone is interested in learning more, we will be running the program again in Melbourne later this year. (http://tinyurl.com/7x9rlo6).
Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Yes, an important topic across all levels of the health workforce including community care workers. Many ains/personal carers have limited education and are likely to be from culturally diverse backgrounds themselves. Gaining an understanding of cultural differences would benefit both the provider and the recipient of care.
Wednesday, 4 July 2012
For the past ten years I have been speaking on this topic, writing books and plays and providing online resources via my website www.deathtalker.com The problem is, nurses think they're immune to the stress that comes with caring for dying patients and grieving relatives and therefore often avoid skill development in this area. YES, death education should be provided in all undergraduate health courses, doctors, nurses and allied health, but also in the primary and secondary school curriculum. Until death is no longer regarded as a taboo subject in our western culture, people will die feeling like they have no control and families and carers will struggle with their personal and professional grief experiences.
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