But What Does the Patient Want?

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As a nurse educator and a home care nurse I am always looking for opportunities to help students make connections from the classroom to the practice setting. This past fall I had an opportunity to take on a community nursing clinical group. To be honest, it had been awhile since I worked with undergraduate students and I was a little nervous about what to expect. One day, during a post conference with the group, a student shared a story from her clinical day about a hospice patient whose husband had been the caregiver for several months. The stress and strain of her care became more than he could handle and his health started to decline as well. As the student explained the heart-breaking story of this couple who had been married over 60 years, she highlighted the events of the care conference that had taken place the day before. The hospice agency had become aware that the living situation had developed into a safety concern. The nurse and aide had reported that the husband was no longer able to maintain cooking and cleaning. Bread was moldy on the counter; there was slimy outdated chicken in the refrigerator and evidence of stool on the floor. The house was a mess....


Elliott, B. (2015). But what does the patient want? : Home Healthcare Now, 33(8), 455. https://doi.org/10.1097/NHH.0000000000000273