The Nurse as Psychopomp, or Maybe Not So Much

Nurses. Some just do the job. Others are more adventurous and open-minded, experimenting with “therapeutic touch,” various types of counseling, shamanic work, or even sending the recently deceased to Hell or (in theory)  to the compost pile.

1 thought on “The Nurse as Psychopomp, or Maybe Not So Much

  1. The Swiss Nurse was way out of line, she needs to be up in front of a disciplinary board. What a stupid, thoughtless, disrespectful thing to do.

    That aside, being an RN myself, I never considered being a psychopomp. Outside of a few occasions, when the call light kept going off, after the body had been sent to the morgue, of leaving a window open, and telling the deceased, by name, that it was time and alright to leave. A practice I learned early in my career from another RN, of African-American extraction. It has only failed once to stop the empty room call light syndrome in 25years of nursing.

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