Discourse Analysis Introduction Resuscitation is a common issue on a cardiology unit but is still often marked by disturbing and complex questions. Many patients do not have a living will or a DNR order because of the associations with death which can often be a taboo subject. Meanings attributed to end-of life issues pose problems for nurses who cannot always broach such issues with patients. Just as death, living wills, and DNR orders are heavily grounded in Western societal discourse, both medical and nursing discourses also are influenced by that wider discourse. The result is that issues relating to resuscitation involve far more than ethics and death under specific circumstances always must be legitimated (Elliot & Oliver,...The end:
..... them to interpret various resuscitation events and to cope with the stress which is related to the dilemmas found within it. References Elliott, J. & Oliver, I. (2003). Legitimating do-not-resuscitate orders: A discursive study of cancer patients' speech. Journal of Palliative Care, 19(2), 100-109. Hanratty , B. & Hibbert , D. (2006). Doctors’ understanding of palliative care. Palliative Medicine, 20, 493-497. McMillen , R. (2008). End of life decisions: Nurses’ perceptions, feelings and experiences. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 24, 251-259. Vandrevala , T. & Hampson , S. (2006). Dilemmas in decision-making about resuscitation: A focus group study of older people. Social Science & Medicine, 62(7), 1579-1593.