How a CNA Influences the Hopes & Wishes of a Dying Patient

Perhaps one of the most difficult situations any CNA will be faced with is dealing with a dying patient. Whether you work in a nursing home facility or a general hospital, death is a part of the medical industry. Therefore, in order to be the best certified nursing assistant ( you can be, you must narrow your focus on how to handle the physical and emotional difficulties of this already difficult and challenging situation. While there are many ways to accomplish this goal, you must hold a full understanding of the most common hopes and wishes of a dying patient.

The Most Common Hopes and Wishes of a Dying Patient

The following is a list of the most common hopes and wishes of a dying person. Study this list and think of creative and effective ways to accomplish the goals listed within the words.

  • To remain clean and sanitary
  • To name a person who makes major decisions
  • To feel comfortable with their physicians, nurses and all other health care members
  • To have a calm and understanding ear to listen to their needs
  • To maintain the highest sense of dignity as possible
  • To maintain the highest level of trust among their caregivers
  • To be as pain-free as possible
  • To not experience shortness of breath
  • To eliminate anxiety
  • To discuss their fears with their physicians and nursing staff
  • To resolve an ever-growing list of unfinished business
  • To experience kind, human touch
  • To know their medical staff is comfortable with their own death
  • To share time with friends and loved ones
  • To feel prepared for death, in whatever fashion that may be
  • To have their family wish them, if possible
  • To have their life accomplishments recognized and appreciated
  • To receive regular care regardless of the terminal diagnosis

Of course, the aforementioned is only a small portion of the most common hopes and wishes of a dying patient. If you’re assigned to a dying patient, it’s important to understand these wishes and do your best to support them. Obviously, the most effective way to deal with a dying patient is to be calm, present and caring. For more tips on caring for dying people visit the National Institute on Aging.

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