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Christine Johnson wrote at 2013-12-10 15:00:58
There is no loss of dignity with competent conscientious and compassionate care, even management of bladder and bowel issues.  The medical director appears to have some embarassment issues of his or her own.



There is no dignity in lying on one's own urine or being so uncomfortable unable to obtain relief that even in a less than conscious state, there is restlessness.



The medical director's policy constitutes abuse and neglect.  If there is no change, I strongly encourage a call to adult protective services and Joint Commission.  The medical director will not listen to nurses, common sense, compassion or medical science (e.g., evidence based practice), perhaps the authorities can get through to him (or her).



Thank you for your letter.  I had no idea that sort of poor care existed at the level of medical directors.  Your advocacy is admirable.


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Hospice care is care for the end of life and dying patient and family. Hospice provides support with focus on quality of life issues. End of life does not mean the patient will have pain. Pain is one of several symptoms hospice will focus on for quality of life for the time reamining. Hospice takes the journey along with the patient and the family.

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I have been a hospice nurse for 17 years. I teach basic pain for hospice staff and advanced pain class for hospice nurses. I am a bedside nurse and visit patients in their home of choice or nursing home.

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Hospice Palliative Nursing Association Internation Association of Hospice and Palliative Care

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in process

Education/Credentials
I have a BSN and am certified in hospice and palliative care for 7 years.

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Bloomington Hospital Research Fellow

Past/Present Clients
This would violate the HIPPA--patient right to privacy

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