I think therefore I am? – FAQs

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“You have to be special to work in Hospice/Palliative Care.”

“I’ve developed specialised skills over many years of training and practice.”

“You’re an angel.”

“No, I’m human just like you are. I have feelings and I am affected by what happens to the people I look after. I’ve learnt how to handle it, but it has taken a lot of work to be able to do so.”

“I don’t know how you do what you do. I couldn’t do it.”

“Well some days I can’t do it either, but those days are few and far between. Dealing with death and dying on a daily basis can be stressful. Self-care is essential as is team care. Wellbeing practices have become part of my daily routine.”

“Working in Hospice/Palliative Care must be so depressing.”

“No, it isn’t. Sure we see more than our fair share of tragic situations but we can still make a difference. How would it have been for the patient and their family if we hadn’t been there?”

“What do you enjoy most about your job?

“Seeing patients and their families. Having a laugh with them.”

“What’s the most important thing you can do for your patients?”

“Listen to them. Find out what they need. Find out what goals they are still trying to achieve, even at the end of life.”

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