Posted by Susan S (188.8.131.52) on November 08, 2000 at 09:59:21:
In Reply to: Questions re: buddism + healthcare posted by Stephanie on November 07, 2000 at 08:17:53:
You are entering a field that is very special and if you will go to the Search mode here, there is plenty on Death and Dying. I use to be in the nursing profession and I found that each patient was another teacher for me to learn from. Besides of just caring for them, the way you do it is really important. Compassion and love is what each craves for the most and LISTENING not just with the ear or eye but with the heart will help you and your patients.
I would suggest an excellent book withSogyal Rinpoche called The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying and check out Elizabeth Kluber Ross as you will be be dealing with patients that will die and helping that process is very important, regardless of religion.
Nursing is very rewarding but also can be draining at the same time, so you must also take time out for yourself as it can be stressful.
Learning all the necessary information is a drag and what I mean by that as it seems there is so much to learn but its also exciting as you get to know the inner part of the body.
You should try a good bookstore and look into the holistic part of it as it will explain the reasons for the body and how the organs functions and why and think it would be interesting for you to incorperate both.
In ending, remember just touching with love to your patient will be helpful. A soft massage and if the condition permits, foot massage always helps. The bottom of the feet has all the nerve endings there and patients love it and it relaxes.
If I can be of some help, E-mail me but for the moment, many blessings to you on your way to your goal.
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