7 Reasons You Might Not Need To Attend ‘Advocacy for Yourself and Loved Ones in the Healthcare Setting’
Guest post by: Ruth Braga, Instructor
If you can relate to, or have figured out how to do any of the following, you may not need to attend this course on September 22nd:
- You are young, healthy, and therefore guaranteed to live a long, accident and illness-free life
- You feel completely comfortable telling everyone what you want if something were to happen, from CPR, to feeding tubes, to intubation and organ donation-everyone knows
- You know how all of your friends and family feel about the above options and discuss it regularly over dinner
- You have an uncanny ability to communicate- even while you are unconscious
- You know what the exact situation will be when death approaches and therefore, won’t need anyone else involved in the decision making process-you’ve got this covered
- When you or a loved one are in the hospital or doctors’ office, you have no problem speaking up, requesting more information or asking for clarification
- You and everyone you love plan on living forever, so none of this really matters
There are two guarantees in life: Birth & Death
Although we love to talk about and plan for birth, the same can’t always be said for death. In the trauma operating room, I have seen many tough and sad situations unfold for patients and their families. As nurses we find that too often, it isn’t until the bedside, or after a diagnosis, that planning begins. At that point, stress and emotions have moved in and clear, united decisions are difficult to come by.
For one night, we will meet, laugh, and (hopefully) enjoy discussing a very taboo topic! Join me to find small, but meaningful ways to start these conversations, assess your own values, help those that you love to discuss theirs and identify the importance of these conversations-before the bedside. And….if you were able to answer yes to any of the 7 statements above, come and share your secrets!!!
Class starts September 22nd, SIGN UP today!