Jeannette began a series of chemotherapeutic drugs, and friends began to notice her lethargy.
They began to worry about her, but she insisted, “I’m just fine.” Six months passed with a steady downward course in Jeannette’s condition. Jeanette shared with her husband that she wanted to stop her treatments “I am tired of fighting”. He replied: “You cannot leave me. You have to keep fighting. I won’t let you stop chemo”.Jeanette’s sons began to suspect she had a malignancy, and one son, Rob, asked outright, “Are you hiding a serious illness from us?” She denied it, but Rob also noticed that Jesse was withdrawing into himself and that he was drinking more than usual. Rob knew something was wrong but was at a loss.
Questions for Reflection Paper
1. Discuss how you, as a nurse practitioner, can help Jeanette and Jesse. What are her
rights regarding treatment options? 2. Discuss how you, as a nurse practitioner, can help Jeanette’s sons without
compromising her request for privacy related to her condition. 3. Are there specific Ignatian values that can guide your interventions? 4. Are there specific Ignatian values that can guide the nurse’s role in supporting the
grief and dying process of older adults?