For patients too little time usually remains – an example of a palliative station, which makes it different

Havva Özkan works in the palliative care unit of the St. Josef hospital in Troisdorf, Germany was honored as Nurse of the year. If you are accompanied Havva Özkan at work, you wonder why people have to be Dying, before you get in this country, appropriate care. The 34-Year-old and her colleagues take care on the palliative care unit of the St. Josef hospital in Troisdorf, Germany, to ten patients, in each layer, always have at least two. “In comparison to normal hospital wards, we are well-staffed,” she says. “That makes things a lot easier.” The St. Josef-Hospital is trying to the recommendations of the German society for palliative medicine for a staffing comply with it.

“Nurse of the year”

For comparison: on average, two nurses supply in Germany, 25 patients. “The staff state of emergency is catastrophic,” says Özkan.

Despite the better conditions – less Özkan has not. “But I have time, I can be the people.” That means: dressing wounds, relieve pain, to shortness of breath to respond. In a special training she has learned to promote the self-determination of severely ill and dying people to improve their quality of life, to accompany family members and to fulfill last wishes.

You know how valuable conversations for the seriously ill are. You know the stories of their patients, the aspirations, Concerns and Fears. “Many simply want someone who listens to them and takes them seriously,” she says. Then she pulls out a chair or sit on the edge of the bed. She strokes the patient on the back, holds your hands, looks you in the eye and asks how you are.

Havva Özkan makes their Job so well that she was awarded the 2018 to the “Nurse of the year”.

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