24/7 Free at Home Assessment Services

For Palliative and Hospice
We accept all insurances even Emergency Medi-Cal

Phone: 818-912-6520 Fax: 818-827-0905

“Nurses dispense comfort, compassion and caring without even a prescription.”
—Val Saintsbury, English historian

At the heart of good nursing care, the primary ingredient is compassion. Added to the countless hours of training and study required for the medical profession of nursing, it is the kindness and compassion which are most remembered. A gentle smile, kind words, engaged listeningall small acts of attention and connection that mean so much to patients and their families. 

Sadly, we live in a time of heightened dysfunction in the healthcare industry, still navigating past the COVID-19 pandemic. This present time of increasing demands have resulted in extreme burnout and high turnover, especially in the medical profession. Known now as ‘the Great Resignation,’  the National Institutes of Health studied the phenomenon. 

In an NIH study published in 2021, researchers discovered that “3.9 million U.S. registered nurses reported leaving their current employer,” citing burnout in 31.5% of the resignations. The reasons: “increasing demands placed on frontline nurses during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic… demanding workloads and aspects of the work environment, such as poor staffing ratios, lack of communication between physicians and nurses, and lack of organizational leadership within working environments for nurses, are known to be associated with burnout.”

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
—Dale Carnegie, American writer 

Under such circumstances, when one is already personally exhausted, it becomes that much harder to help lift up and care for the emotional wellbeing of others. Even so, compassionate care remains among the most important and accommodating forces available for healing and wellbeing. Perhaps that’s why nurses today are being called, “Angels in scrubs.”

Dr. Dominic Vachon in his book, How Doctors Care: The Science of Compassionate and Balanced Caring in Medicine, studied how losing compassion in healthcare, “not only harms the patient, it also harms the doctor.” Dr. Vachon argues that for those in the medical profession, maintaining an internal state guided by “optimal compassionate mental performance,” despite all obstacles, is in fact, “the key to physician resilience and fulfillment in a dysfunctional healthcare system.” 

“It is not how much we do—it is how much love we put into the doing.”
— Mother Teresa 

That is why compassion defines our hospice nursing care. It’s why we offer spiritual counselors of all faiths to our patients, as well as bereavement services for families and support to our nurses. We understand how important compassion is in healing, and in saying goodbye.  

This is why our nurses are indeed, Angels in scrubs.

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