Occupational Stress in Palliative Care
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Caring for patients and families during the palliative stages of disease can be both stressful and rewarding. The chapter describes the personal experience with a life-threatening cancer led to a new awareness of the importance of the concept of the 'wounded healer' and the importance of self-reflection in caring for palliative-care patients. The ability to enter into a space of personal healing can enable the nurse to be more fully available to patients and families without 'burning out'. The chapter explores the search for meaning in palliative caregivers, the 'wounded healer', sources of suffering in clinical work, and coping strategies. Nurses can feel inadequate and helpless in situations in which they feel responsible for alleviating the pain of a palliative-care patient, but do not have a physician willing to order medication sufficient to control pain. Such a nurse can have difficulty when dealing with a woman who reminds her of her mother and her own vulnerability.