Dierdre Jarrett


I hadn’t thought of my role as the one who keeps the “whole person perspective on the table” as you phrase it but I suppose in many cases that is true. Too often our care team treats patients as diagnosis or a room number instead of a person. When I find out something particularly relevant like a recent loss, or other issue that may be impeding their healing I do share it with the team, first asking permission from the patient. I try to connect the dots for the staff too – I don’t remember where I read it but I remember hearing that we only function at about 70-80 percent after a loss. When someone shares with me they have had a loss I share that with him/her so they know it is not surprising they are having a hard time or don’t feel like themselves, few do after a loss.  Can you share more about what strategies you try to keep the whole person’s perspective on the table?