Laura Broadwater

Sometimes Wally, coming along side is simply that.  I sit in a chair and listen.  I hear concerns.  Sometimes there is no opportunity for me to say anything, because the nurse or physician needs to process and release.  Just that simple presence gives the clinical staff the ability to unload the moment.  I try to thank and debrief deaths with staff, especially in codes.  I already mentioned our “Tending to the Spirit” and blessing of hands.  I also review with young staff how they care for themselves as they leave and return home because their primary concern is not taking anything in their home which would harm their loved ones, especially the babies.  I affirm their care and their hearts.  They also need our smiles and encouragement.  The common word we use is support, which is an umbrella of tools.