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Spotlight: Edition 4

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On the frontline: palliative care nursing

What area of nursing or midwifery are you in? I have been qualified now for 24 years and 23.5 of those years have been in the field of oncology and palliative care. Wow - it sounds a lot now I have counted it up! Mostly this has been in...

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End of life care in Kampala, Uganda

We spent seven weeks on our nursing elective working with Hospice Africa Uganda (HAU)[1] in Makindye, on the outskirts of Kampala. HAU cares for patients living with, and dying from, cancer and HIV/AIDS during the terminal stages of their illness. The role of HAU is to provide entirely holistic pain...

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Sudden Death: lessons for life

Sudden death. Though not uplifting, it's nonetheless an important topic to consider from a Christian perspective. The events of the last couple of months - the terrorist atrocities in both Manchester and London together with the tragic Grenfell tower fire - bring the issues into stark relief. In my professional...

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Talking About Death

About 15 minutes into Alexander Payne's 2011 film The Descendants, Matt King (played by George Clooney) walks calmly into the hospital room of his comatose wife, Elizabeth. He closes the door gently and then proceeds to excoriate her for controlling and messing up the lives of everyone around her. This...

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Editorial

Death and dying are not popular topics of conversation, and are not usually the preferred topics for magazine articles or books. Sadly, not only is death a part of life, but as nurses (and unfortunately, sometimes as midwives too) it is part of our day-to-day workload. It forces us to...

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