Death, Suffering and the Sphere of Normalcy


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Death, Suffering and the Sphere of Normalcy
The hospital environment is one in which the focused practice of healing is conducted. The professional pursuit of this endeavor is characterized by a methodical approach to managing health crises. Chambliss (1996) argued that hospitals are however “dramatically different from other organizations: in hospitals, as a normal part of the routine, people suffer and die” (p. 16). In a certain sense, the brutality of suffering and the potential for death are components of a hospital environment that are merely taken for granted. Very few other work situations are comparable to these conditions. One such example would be that of military combat in wartime scenarios. Military personnel are of course well...
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.....of medical care there is at its most desperate pace. For those professionals working in ICUs, there is a constant threat of the situation for each patient deteriorating and resulting in death. The potential for ultimate failure in a medical intervention could not be higher. ICUs exemplify the seriousness of the exposure to suffering and death is for nurses and medical professionals. The case is made that a far greater focus needs to be taken on those working in hospital environments to make sure that they are receiving adequate support to cope with these daily realities of suffering and death.
Chambliss, D.F. (1996). Beyond caring: Hospitals, nurses, and
the social organization of ethics. Chicago, IL: University
of Chicago Press.