Protecting Herself From Hero Doctors

September 24, 2014 6:39 PM

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Protecting Herself From Hero Doctors

Getting a Do Not Resuscitate tattoo on one's chest is a threat I've heard made many times by fellow health care workers. It is a fed-up critique of our inexhaustible system of "do everything" medicine. The suffering we all witness can be grating to the bone. And many of us shudder to think that we too could be placed on the conveyor belt to nowhere, our loved ones helpless to stop it.

At a recent conference on palliative care for medical professionals, I ate lunch at a table with several nurses. Like me, they were getting a lot from the conference, mostly in the realm of personal support. It's tough being a "talk first, act later" health care practitioner, surrounded by "do somet...

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