Members of the general public think that patients who die in an intensive care unit die in a flurry of code blue situations. Critical care nurses know better. Approximately 40% of patients in an intensive care unit die after care is withdrawn.11 Recently, I was given a new assignment, and it has turned out to be a wonderful opportunity! In my role as clinical nurse specialist/care manager, I added the patients and staff in a combined palliative care and hospice unit to my responsibilities. This new assignment has been the perfect addition to my experience in critical care nursing. Working with experts in the care of the dying has enabled me to increase my knowledge and skills. I would like to share some of what I have learned.

As I have learned much, I have also found...

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