End of Life: Nursing Solutions for Death with Dignity

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The book is easy to read and is essential to all who work and care for those at the end of life.

--David Shields, RN, MSN, QTTT
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Capital University

The book is thought provoking and, if you are like me, you will be assessing (consciously or subconsciously) how good you or your service are at providing holistic care around the time of death. It deserves to be widely read and I hope it starts many a conversation.

IAHPC Newsletter

[This book] is a gem. It is a rare balance of an interesting read with an incredible integration of factual information. I intend to share it in my long term care circles...A wonderful contribution!

Charlotte Eliopoulos,RN, MPH, PhD
Executive Director
American Association for Long Term Care Nursing

Every once in a long while a short, succinct book comes along that awakens our senses and motivates us to action. [This] is one such book. It cuts right to the chase to offer a new, innovative change for an old, outmoded rite of passage.

Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
Co-Director, Nightingale Initiative for Global Health, Canada and Virginia
Director, Holistic Nursing Consultants, New Mexico
(From the Foreword)

This professional clinical guide presents nursing administrators and nurses in acute care agencies, nursing homes, hospice, and palliative care settings with detailed implementation strategies for accommodating dying persons and their loved ones as they make the transition from physical life. It presents the need for and the development of the concept: Golden Room concept: a place for dying that facilitates a dignified, peaceful, and profound experience for dying persons and their loved ones.

This book presents a practical solution on multiple levels that will benefit all involved-patient, family, nurses, administrators, policy makers, and insurance companies. It presents the theoretical frameworks for end-of-life care and how the Golden Room concept fits into these frameworks.

Published in partnership with the Watson Caring Science Institute, this unique resource:

  • Advocates the use of Golden Rooms, which provide dignified, private, and safe settings for death and dying
  • Presents various cases that illustrate the need for a dignified death, as well as strategies on how to provide for this dignified death
  • Provides questions of concern after each case scenario, suitable for class discussion or personal reflection
  • Offers cost-effective end-of-life solutions for families, the medical establishment, and insurance companies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826107596
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/18/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 768,700
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Keegan, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN is one of the founders of the holistic health focus in nursing and a well known leader in holistic nursing. She currently works as Director of Holistic Nursing Consultants in Port Angeles, WA. She has authored or co-authored 18 books and scores of professional journal publications and chapters in text books. Her books include the co-authored text book, Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice, 5th ed (2009), Healing Nutrition, 2nd ed., Healing with Complementary and Alternative Therapies, Healing Waters: The Miraculous Health Benefits of Earth's Most Essential Resource, Profiles of Nurse Healers (1998), and The Nurse as Healer (1994) among others. In addition she has delivered scores of presentations and keynote addresses in numerous countries throughout the world.

Lynn was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and is board certified as Advanced Holistic Nurse by the American Holistic Nurses Association. She is past president of the American Holistic Nurses' Association and is on the board of many organizations and journals. She has been on the faculty of several prominent universities teaching in associate degree programs through coordinating graduate nursing programs. In 1991 she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Cornell University - New York Hospital School of Nursing, and she is a three-time recipient of the prestigious American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award.

Carole Ann Drick, PhD, RN, TNS, TNSCP is one of the early organizers and supporters and a known leader in holistic nursing. Presently she is the Director of Conscious Awareness Inc. in Austintown, OH. She has authored or co-authored 2 books and numerous professional publications as well as "The Spiritual Connection" a chapter in Invitation to Holistic Health: A Guide to Living a Balanced Life. Most recently she authored a book, Mother Stories: through our mothers' death and dying 16 true stories of women and the gifts they received in being with their mothers during their death and dying process. She has 3 meditation CDs plus two more in process. Her international presentations have been numerous.

Carole Ann studied with the International Fellowship of Introspection for over 10 years receiving Teacher of Natural Science certification plus a Teacher of Natural Science Certifying Practitioner Certification of which there are only two in the world. She served the American Holistic Nurses' Association as chair of the Education Approver Committee in the early 1980s and resumed the position in 2006. She has been on the graduate faculty of 2 large universities plus developed and implemented a new baccalaureate nursing program based on holistic principles and adult teaching learning strategies that received full initial NLN accreditation. She was on the American Holistic Nurses Association's referred Journal board for many years.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Jean Watson vii

Foreword Barbara Dossey ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Part I Foundations

Chapter 1 Why People Die 3

Chapter 2 Death with Dignity 19

Chapter 3 A Place for Death with Dignity: The Golden Room 35

Chapter 4 End-of-Life Issues 53

Chapter 5 End-of-Life Costs of Care 69

Chapter 6 Legal and Ethical Issues 85

Part II Theory And Practice

Chapter 7 Theoretical Frameworks 101

Chapter 8 Letting Go: The Body's Shutdown Process 125

Chapter 9 Changing the Consciousness around Death and Dying 141

Chapter 10 Spiritual Perspectives 157

Chapter 11 Palliative Care to Hospice to the Golden Room 173

Part III Implementation Steps

Chapter 12 Guide to Implementing the Golden Room Concept with Health Professionals 189

Chapter 13 Creating a Plan or Proposal 207

Chapter 14 Preparing for the Future 229

Index 241

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