Vol.2 No.1 (March 2012)
Nursing Experience of Terminal Care for a Patient with End-Stage Cancer
This article described a nursing experience for a prime singleton in hospitalization due to end-stage colon cancer. The methods of data collection included observation, physical assessment, and face-to-face interview. The case’s health problem included pain, body image disturbance, and sadness. The patient was hospitalized on February 4, changed into the researcher’s ward on February 8, and died on February 16, 2008. The duration of nursing care by the researcher was be-tween February 8 and February 16, 2008. The nurse-patient relationship was well established between the research and the case and his family due to the case hospitalized in researcher’s ward many times since fist time diagnosis of colon cancer. During the nursing process, the doctor announced that the survival time of the case was about one or two weeks from the check reports and clinical symptom. The researcher was a palliative care specialist and used Watson’s caring theory to re-duce case’s pain and keep life dignity, to help his family face to death, and to accompany the case of final life traveling route. This case report was expected to share the nursing experience to clinical nursing staff for the end-of-life care.
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