2011 AJN Book of the Year Winner in both Gerontologic Nursing and Hospice and
"The book is easy to read and is essential to all who work and care for those at the end of life."--David Shields, RN, MSN, QTTT
Assistant Professor of Nursing
"The book is thought provoking and, if you are like me, you will be assessing
(consciously or subconsciously) how good you or your service are at providing
holistic care around the time of death. It deserves to be widely read and I
hope it starts many a conversation."
"[This book] is a gem. It is a rare balance of an interesting read with
an incredible integration of factual information. I intend to share it in my
long term care circles...A wonderful contribution!"
Charlotte Eliopoulos,RN, MPH, PhD
American Association for Long Term Care Nursing
"Every once in a long while a short, succinct book comes along that awakens
our senses and motivates us to action. [This] is one such book. It cuts right
to the chase to offer a new, innovative change for an old, outmoded rite of
Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
Co-Director, Nightingale Initiative for Global Health, Canada and Virginia
Director, Holistic Nursing Consultants, New Mexico
(From the Foreword)
This professional clinical guide presents nursing administrators and nurses in acute care agencies, nursing homes, hospice, and palliative care settings with detailed implementation strategies for accommodating dying persons and their loved ones as they make the transition from physical life. It presents the need for and the development of the concept: Golden Room concept: a place for dying that facilitates a dignified, peaceful, and profound experience for dying persons and their loved ones.
This book presents a practical solution on multiple levels that will benefit all involved-patient, family, nurses, administrators, policy makers, and insurance companies. It presents the theoretical frameworks for end-of-life care and how the Golden Room concept fits into these frameworks.
Published in partnership with the Watson Caring Science Institute, this unique resource:
- Advocates the use of Golden Rooms, which provide dignified, private, and safe settings for death and dying
- Presents various cases that illustrate the need for a dignified death, as well as strategies on how to provide for this dignified death
- Provides questions of concern after each case scenario, suitable for class discussion or personal reflection
- Offers cost-effective end-of-life solutions for families, the medical establishment, and insurance companies
Table of Contents
Foreword by Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
Foreword by Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
PART I: FOUNDATIONS
Chapter 1 Why People Die
Chapter 2 Death with Dignity
Chapter 3 A Place for Death with Dignity: The Golden Room
Chapter 4 End-of-Life Issues
Chapter 5 End-of-Life Costs of Care
Chapter 6 Legal and Ethical Issues
PART II: THEORY AND PRACTICE
Chapter 7 Theoretical Frameworks
Chapter 8 Letting Go: The Body's Shutdown Process
Chapter 9 Changing the Consciousness around Death and Dying
Chapter 10 Spiritual Perspectives
Chapter 11 Palliative Care to Hospice to the Golden Room
PART III: IMPLEMENTATION STEPS
Chapter 12 Guide to Implementing the Golden Room Concept with Health Professionals
Chapter 13 Creating a Plan or Proposal
Chapter 14 Preparing for the Future
Lynn Keegan, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN is one of the founders of the holistic health focus in nursing and a well known leader in holistic nursing. She currently works as Director of Holistic Nursing Consultants in Port Angeles, WA. She has authored or co-authored 18 books and scores of professional journal publications and chapters in text books. Her books include the co-authored text book, Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice, 5th ed (2009), Healing Nutrition, 2nd ed., Healing with Complementary and Alternative Therapies, Healing Waters: The Miraculous Health Benefits of Earth's Most Essential Resource, Profiles of Nurse Healers (1998), and The Nurse as Healer (1994) among others. In addition she has delivered scores of presentations and keynote addresses in numerous countries throughout the world.
Lynn was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and is board certified as Advanced Holistic Nurse by the American Holistic Nurses Association. She is past president of the American Holistic Nurses' Association and is on the board of many organizations and journals. She has been on the faculty of several prominent universities teaching in associate degree programs through coordinating graduate nursing programs. In 1991 she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Cornell University - New York Hospital School of Nursing, and she is a three-time recipient of the prestigious American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award.
Carole Ann Drick, PhD, RN, TNS, TNSCP is one of the early organizers and supporters and a known leader in holistic nursing. Presently she is the Director of Conscious Awareness Inc. in Austintown, OH. She has authored or co-authored 2 books and numerous professional publications as well as "The Spiritual Connection" a chapter in Invitation to Holistic Health: A Guide to Living a Balanced Life. Most recently she authored a book, Mother Stories: through our mothers' death and dying 16 true stories of women and the gifts they received in being with their mothers during their death and dying process. She has 3 meditation CDs plus two more in process. Her international presentations have been numerous.
Carole Ann studied with the International Fellowship of Introspection for over 10 years receiving Teacher of Natural Science certification plus a Teacher of Natural Science Certifying Practitioner Certification of which there are only two in the world. She served the American Holistic Nurses' Association as chair of the Education Approver Committee in the early 1980s and resumed the position in 2006. She has been on the graduate faculty of 2 large universities plus developed and implemented a new baccalaureate nursing program based on holistic principles and adult teaching learning strategies that received full initial NLN accreditation. She was on the American Holistic Nurses Association's referred Journal board for many years.