Professional Publications

Practice Tips Supporting Elderly Veterans at the End-of-life

Aging America. HFA. Aging: Redeeming the Destiny We Were Born to Fulfill. Military culture may create special needs at end of life. Stoicism, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Soul Inury might be influences that may alter a veteran’s experience of loss.

Aging: Redeeming the Destiny We Were Born to Fulfill.

Angels and Atheists

American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care Medicine. Vol. 23 (4). Angels and Atheists: Providing spiritual care to atheists requires a little love and “meeting them where they are.”

Bedside Patient Care Conferencing

An interdisciplinary team approach at the patient’s bedside in collaboration with the family. A time to listen and understand the special concerns of the patient and family.

Belonging: An Increasingly Lost Reality

Liv Fun. Vol.4 (3). Belonging: An Increasingly Lost Reality. Loss of community and connection breed isolation and loneliness – issues that become increasingly prominent in aging America.

Development of Inpatient Oncology Programs

Oncology Nursing Forum. Vol.20 (4). Development of Inpatient Oncology Programs: Few words can evoke such an immediate, adverse, life-changing reaction as the word “cancer”. Read about a multi-disciplinary teaching program that empowers oncology patients and their families.

Disabilities and Health

Journal of Religion, Disability, & Health. Vol.12 (3). Disabilities and Health: Do you have any prejudice against certain groups of patients? This nurse describes her transformation from judgmental attitude toward Vietnam Veterans with PTSD to understanding and compassion.

Defibrillator De-Activation

American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care Medicine. Vol. 22 (3). Defibrillator De-Activation: Technologies pose many ethical decisions at the end of life – ethical guidelines are often not provided when the technology emerges.

Facing Death: Awakening a Passion for Life

Indian Journal of Palliative Care. Vol.13 (2). Facing Death: Awakening a Passion for Life. A POW’s terrifying experiences breaks him open to a passion-filled life and a “blissful” death.

Fortressing: A Different Kind of Soul Care

Drug Addiction not only interferes with peaceful dying, it can complicate bereavement.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Soul Injury: The Aftermath of War that Complicate Peaceful Dying

Arizona Geriatrics Society Journal. Vol.23 (2). Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Soul Injury: The Aftermath of War that Complicate Peaceful Dying. This scholarly paper provides lessons that inform geriatric healthcare delivery for veterans and their families, including how to respond to an overlooked, unassessed wound, now named ‘soul injury’, and distinguishes soul injury from moral injury.

Healing a Broken Life

Urologic Nursing. Vol.29 (1). Healing a Broken Life: Drug Addiction can greatly complicate peaceful dying. However, dying people are fertile ground for healing.

Letting Buddha Grow Justice and Diversity

Healing Ministry. Vol.13 (1). Letting Buddha Grow Justice and Diversity. Non-dominant religions and cultures sometimes threaten staff understanding. Read how a team used confusion and distrust to grow understanding and acceptance.

Aging: Redeeming the Destiny We Were Born to Fulfill

zLiving With Grief-Aging America. HFA.If aging is a poison, is it possible it might be a healing poison? This potential reality requires changing our relationship to the numerous, multi-dimensional losses incurred throughout the aging process.

Bedside Patient Care Conferencing

Pain Management and End-of-Life Care. VA. Bedside Patient Care Conferencing: Patient meetings sitting at bedside with families in physical or virtual attendance transforms interdisciplinary team rounds.

Pride and Prejudice Transformed

Healing Ministry. Vol.12 (4). Pride and Prejudice Transformed. Helping patients ‘die healed’ sometimes involves tricky confrontation with their racism.

Six Tools to Promote Healing at the End of Life

Veterans Health System Journal. Vol.6 (2). Six Tools to Promote Healing at the End of Life. You only get one chance to die. Don’t miss the opportunity to show up for it. These tools helps people be present for their death.

Supporting Veterans in Their Final Battle

VFW. Supporting Veterans in Their Final Battle. Hospice care in the VA Healthcare System

The Hero Within

Suffering can leave us utterly broken, or it can help us break out The Hero Within

The Threshold of Death: Fertile Ground for Healing

American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care Medicine. Vol. 23 (3). The Threshold of Death: Fertile Ground for Healing. Dying people are fertile ground for healing. With some guidance, this patient healed his bitterness, expressing love and gratitude.

Turning Personal Grief into Personal Growth.

Learn how this nurse allowed oncology patients to change her own life.

Unfaithful

Liv Fun. Vol.5 (1). Unfaithful. Have you cheated your “self” out of the real experience of growing older?

VA Transforms EOL Care for Veterans

Veteran Care at the End of Life: Their Last Battle

Military Health Care. Veteran Care at the End of Life: Their Last Battle. In many ways Veterans die the same way civilians die; in other ways, their deaths are sometimes unique. This chapter outlines the unique experiences that affect dying Veterans.

Veterans

Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. Education is needed to inform those working in home and non-VA facilities to help understand the special needs of veterans at end of life.

Peace at Last

Natural Transitions. Military experiences often change veterans in fundamental ways that shape, mold, destroy, and redeem the rest of their lives, including the end of their lives.

Wounded Warriors: Their Last Battle

Home Health Care Nurse online. Helping soldiers “make peace; creating a safe emotional environment.