By: Jamilyn Kennell, MSN, RN, OCN®

As November, National Hospice and Palliative Care month, comes to a close, it seems only fitting to remember those we have lost. We treasure the times we shared and reminisce on the memories as the holiday season approaches.

As nurses, we find ourselves involved in our patients’ lives at a very crucial time when they need help and guidance from our experience, and that couldn’t be truer when speaking about the “end of life” time. A period that is often not recognized by loved ones or even healthcare providers until the last days Water Trampoline or hours before their final breath. This period can be uncomfortable for us as nurses, but being able to share this vulnerable time with our patients is truly a gift.

Are you nervous about what to do when a patient is dying? Do you worry that you will say the wrong thing and upset the patient or their family? Do you know how to recognize the signs that a patient is making their journey across the rainbow bridge? Do you know which sense is the last to leave? If you share these questions or others about being the perfect nurse for a dying patient, you should attend the Congress session, “Shedding Light on the End of Life.”

This session will provide 75 minutes of interactive learning, including case studies acted out by some budding nurse-actors including ONS’ beloved Anne Katz! You will learn some approaches to bring up the “dreaded death talk”. Case studies will also be presented to show ways that we can learn to approach the patient at the end of their life with courage, dignity, and respect.

Join us for this significant, can’t-miss session and see what else we have in store for you at the 42nd Annual Congress! Register by March 16 to save with early-bird pricing and start elevating your passion and advancing our profession.