posted on Mar, 5 2013 @ 04:18 AM
First of all, lets examine the article using basic grammar and English comprehension skills. The deceased, according to the article, had expressed a
wish that every effort be made to save her life, in the event of a risk being posed to it. That is pretty clearly written down. She had, to that
effect, NOT signed a DNR order, and unless she was mentaly defunct, (which we cannot merely assume, given that there is no suggestion of that to be
found anywhere in the article)she would have been the only person with any abilitiy to change that.
Now, the incident itself. Just reading the part of the article containing the discussion between the 911 operator and the "nurse", it is clear to
see that not only was the "nurse" restricted by the terms of her employment, but by her own inhumanity. No where in that discussion does she show
the least bit of regret, shock, or even the merest dismay at what the terms of her employment are "forcing" her to allow to happen in front of her.
Her interests do not include the well being of the resident under her care, but focus, ONLY on her ability to continue her employment, and rigidly
follow the formula response.
But it is clear from the 911 operators responses to this horrific set of circumstances, that even a person who has probably heard the last moments of
several peoples lives over the course of thier employ, cannot fathom how someone could be so callously dogmatic when a persons life hangs in the
balance. I completely understand that. This makes me sick to my stomach to be perfectly honest.
This is why I believe that there ought to be higher requirements placed upon people who work in ANY form of care based environment. The operative
word is care, in that collection, or at least it bloody well ought to be. It is enough of an indignity that when one reaches old age, one is likely
to loose independance, require assistance with toilet making, dressing ones self, feeding ones self, and all the other basic functions of biology.
That is enough of an indignity on its own. The actions of this so called "nurse" forced a greater indignity on the person under her care. Being
watched over as one dies, with a total stranger begging for ones life down a phone, and being neglected anyway is a new height of indignity.
If one wants to be working around the elderly, around the frail and the sick, or indeed in ANY caring proffession, one must be capable of caring in
the first place. Not just capable of making the bed, and wiping the residents bottoms for them, but actually capable of caring, down in the pit of the
heart, about what happens to the people under thier protection, people who are only in need of care because they literally cannot achieve it for
themselves. Care is not about figures, forms, regulations and companies. It is supposed to be about people, both those in need of, and those who
organise and provide, real care. There was no care here, there was no feeling, no remorse, no regret. Just cold, pitiless, unrelenting adherence to a
set of rules which had more to do with the avoidance of legal ramifications, than they ever did to do with the actual wishes of the resident, or the
demands morality OUGHT to place upon a person.
It doesnt matter if the deceased was eighty seven years old, or eighty seven minuites out of the womb. The compunction to save a persons life ought
to be greater than considerations over ones own employment, over strict codes of conduct which are developed by lawyers not doctors and nurses, and
which promote either by accident or design, the unecessary deaths of residents in homes like this. It is also worth mentioning, that if the deceased
was paying any money toward this service, she just paid for someone to watch her die. Its like some totaly backwards snuff movie ring!
This is utterly disgusting, and I hope that warm feeling the nurse has in her gut right now, after being such a good employee, is one day replaced
with the rather less pleasant, slightly more sulphurous heat reserved for cold hearted, ruthless, wastes of spirit and flesh, such as herself.