Geriatrics, Health Care Services, Nursing Stories, Writing the Book

VANISHED Part 3 of 3

A couple of weeks after our hallway discussion, I spotted them exiting the elevator. Margaret pushed Josie in the wheelchair with one hand while lugging an IV pole with the other, rushing to the back door of the building and out to the parking lot in a obvious effort to avoid me. The bottle that hung from the pole had a milky beige color that could only be a supplemental feeding. Josie had a tube in her stomach. A conduit to deliver nutrients to keep her alive.

As much as Margaret had badgered me for recommendations, it was clear she no longer needed, or wanted my input.

I never saw either of them after that day. Soon rumors circulated that Josie had died. No one knew what happened to Margaret.

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3 thoughts on “VANISHED Part 3 of 3”

  1. Remember nursing theorist Dorothea Orem? Your case study sounds like her definition of when nursing is needed: when self care agency is less than therapeutic self care demand, nursing agency is required. Margaret’s self care agency was sufficient for caring for Josie–she did not need a nurse!

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    1. OMG!

      Only another nurse would understand what you just wrote.

      Remember how much we laughed when we first heard about nurse theories when we were in the nursing undergrad program so many years ago?

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