On our last weekend of clinical, some things happened which triggered my clinical group to discuss about our experience with patients in their final days. Amongst those of us* who have had a patient who passed away on our shift and/or within days after, the "final fireworks before exit" [回光返照] symptom was often observed. Even my CI* agreed based on her experience.
*Note: The "final fireworks before exit" [回光返照] is not a culture-specific observation. The group above includes Filipino, Indian, Singaporean and Canadian nurses.
This and other interesting skills/things that we learn along the way makes nursing a very practical vocation -- with learning relevant to real-life.