Christian nurses can draw on their faith as they help hospice patients
For families, there may be nothing more painful than watching a terminally ill loved one succumb to a devastating condition. While hospice care providers cannot cure these patients of what ails them, nurses who specialize in end-of-life care can certainly make a difference in the lives of terminally ill patients and their families. Due to their faith in the Lord, nursing students enrolled in Christian universities may be well-suited for this field.
After all, hospice care nurses must become a reassuring presence in the lives of terminally ill patients. As family members grapple with their loved one’s rapidly deteriorating health, it often falls on nurses to be the rock everybody can rely on. While there may be times when their emotions get the better of them, Christian nurses can rely on their faith for the strength they need to get through difficult challenges.
The need for hospice care is certainly not in the decline. According to a report from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the number of patients who have received this type of care has gradually increased since 2006 to 1.58 million in 2010.
Florida-based Judy Voss, a registered nurse, is among the many hospice workers across the country. She recently spoke to the Daytona Beach News-Journal about her experiences delivering this form of care.
“Hospice is physical, emotional and spiritual care provided by a specially trained team to those with a limited life expectancy,” Voss told the news source. “Hospice care may extend for many months to maybe only hours.”