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Fear and uncertainty
Nurse 1: “In my experience a lot of care workers are scared of death. They don’t dare to talk with the patients about dying, because they are so uncertain about what to say.”
Nurse 2: “You know, when you’re “out there” some of the care workers want us to deal with the patients’ spiritual needs for them. But my goal is to build up their courage and confidence so they can do it themselves. I try to show them how to create natural openings to talk with patients about these things”.
Nurse 3: “Yes, but there is also a lot of healing in sharing the silence. So I try to show them how important that is. But its really hard for some, because they are so scared of being with the dying that they try to avoid staying in the room with them.”
Courage and competency
“When I have accompanied the same care workers to the same patients several times, I’ve noticed that they have gradually become braver, because they actually dare to ask their patients some of the difficult questions.”