Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Final fireworks before exit 回光返照

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.

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