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The Doctor: That's How Death Should Be




  • A case study and insight on how a doctor felt death should be dealt with
  • Explanations and demonstration on the benefits of having a chaplain
  • Discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of having a volunteer personnel in the nursing home and gives advice to current volunteers
  • An activities coordinator shares their personal insights into losing a resident and dealing with grief

This chapter provides examples of significant relationships formed when the doctor, the chaplain, the volunteer, the student and the activities staff are included in the team.


Contents include

  • The doctor: that's how death should be
  • The chaplain: I wore my best dress
  • The volunteer: I learned so much from Flora
  • The student: there is life in a nursing home
  • Allied health staff: Mary's final fling
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Author / Editor Biographies

Aged Care Palliative Care Consultant, RN, Dip Arts, B App Sci (adv.nsg) Grad Dip Geront. Nsg, B Theol, M Theol, PhD,FRCNA, FAAG
Dr Rosalie Hudson's varied nursing career is focused on aged care, dementia care and palliative care. As a consultant nurse educator, with qualifications in theology, she explores end-of-life issues for older people; as an author, teacher and associate professor with the University of Melbourne, she seeks to raise the profile of gerontic nursing. Rosalie has had twelve years of experience as a director of nursing of a 50-bed nursing home, as well as extensive experience in community nursing practice.

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