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      Nursing Response to the Long-Term Dialysis Patient

      Nephron

      S. Karger AG

      Dialysis, Dependency, Chronic, Motivation, Nursing, Role

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          The dialysis nurse has a unique role in the care of her patients. The uniqueness of her role is directly related to the special stress long-term hemodialysis mediates upon the patient. This stress often promotes significant psychological regression, with its attendant problems of immature behavior, dependency and even overt psychiatric symptoms. The nurse, because of her special relationship to the patient, is the first and often the only professional to deal with these problems. How well she can deal with this responsibility depends on several variables. The role she learned in her training will dictate her propensity to innovatively respond to the patient. A pleasant relationship with the medical staff will greatly sustain the personal comfort necessary for such demanding work. Participation in patient selection helps her understand the purpose and nature of her commitment.

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          Journal
          NEF
          Nephron
          10.1159/issn.1660-8151
          Nephron
          S. Karger AG
          1660-8151
          2235-3186
          1972
          1972
          27 November 2008
          : 9
          : 4
          : 193-199
          Affiliations
          Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
          Article
          180150 Nephron 1972;9:193–199
          10.1159/000180150
          4645707
          © 1972 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 7
          Categories
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          Cardiovascular Medicine, Nephrology

          Role, Nursing, Motivation, Chronic, Dependency, Dialysis

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