Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Nurse Mia, Doula Mia

I have begun training to serve as an end-of-life doula for a woman in my community. This particular doula training is for nursing and medical students with an interest in end-of-life care. We are being trained explicitly NOT to provide medical advice, but to instead focus on providing psychosocial support, friendship and companionship to a person at the end of their life. I'm kind of excited about this opportunity to take off my nursing hat, but also a bit nervous. I've grown comfortable with death in my role as a nurse, but this experience will likely be something altogether different. See the link above to find out more about end-of-life doulas throughout the country.

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