Sanjita is a 26 year old woman with end stage metastatic ovarian cancer. She has a husband and one child. Sanjita has undergone extensive, aggressive treatment but is now palliative. She has an Advance Care Directive and a Plan of Care which states that cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is not to be attempted in the event of a cardiac arrest.
Sanjita has opted to die at home with her family but is in your ward today to have her ascites drained. You are a first year student nurse and caring for Sanjita with your preceptor. You and your preceptor have been to morning tea, however, you return a little early before your preceptor. You hear three buzzers coming from Sanjita’s room and on investigation find an agency nurse resuscitating Sanjita.
In essay format use this case study as a basis to discuss:
Death, dying and the historical role of the nurse
The importance of professionalism, collaboration, cooperation and therapeutic communication
The key underlying ethical, legal and professional principles inherent in this scenario
Your role and scope as a student nurse as underpinned by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia codes and guidelines.