The gift of helping people die.
Pros: Giving to my patients and colleagues.
Cons: Long hours.
In my work as a palliative care nurse, I had the privilege of helping families and patients have what is termed "a good death". I was required to use instinct, intuitiveness, compassion, loving kindness as well as all the medical skills necessary. I worked very well with the physicians on staff, had very good relations with them, and could speak openly about what I felt the patient needed. As nurses are at the bedside for a whole shift, and MD's are there but for a shorter time.
It was an honour to be allowed into the lives of my patients and their family's lives at this difficult time. It was their gift to me.
I am fortunate to have had this experience in my life. But now, I am ready to move on towards other experiences.