‘I am a social worker based in an emergency department in Dublin, Ireland. I was delighted to stumble across some information on ‘The Pause’ recently and feel it would be of huge benefit to my colleagues in medicine and nursing.’ (Sinéad McGarry LCSW Dublin Ireland).
‘It is a beautiful concept and a beautiful website that is very helpful!
I am getting positive feedback on The Pause from my unit, and just found out that they want to educate the Cardiac Alert Team on The Pause. I think that is a great idea and will share your website with them and our Palliative Care team.
Thank you for your dedication to the nursing profession. You are an example of why I am proud to be a nurse!’ (Helen Perez :Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut)
‘Thank you for your wise and truly compassionate article on The Pause……I heard about this at the most recent AACN Dean’s Meeting in Washington DC…. I love what this means in terms of value and worth or all concerned……
thank you very much.’ (James C. Pace PhD, MDiv, APRN, FAANP, FAAN: New York University College, NY).
‘Thank you very much Jonathan. We have included the “Pause” in our after care procedure for unsuccessful resuscitation. I got nice feedbacks about it. Our code blue team are on board to it. You inspired a lot of staff right now. Again, more power and God bless.’
(Sherwin Matammu,RN,MSN: California USA).
‘The pause-beautiful practice. Respect for the beliefs and faiths of all to allow a moment of grieving in one’s personal way-genius…and yet? It’s what the great thinkers and philosophers have been telling us since the beginning of time. Same with presence of I’m here. Universal ideas easily digested and translated with current, true to life narratives and experiences. Daring Greatly as Brene Brown (and first Teddy Roosevelt) said. Props for having the insight to notice things were left unsettled, thank you for having the guts to name the elephant in the room, and thank you for so beautifully expressing something that is difficult to put into words. You’re awesome. And patients like me benefit from nurses like you’. (Marcus Engel of the I’m Here
‘Providence is doing a compassionate care initiative and the hospital wants the Pause to be part of it. I met with the Spiritual Care director, a palliative care NP, and an oncology nurse who is really broken from the amount of death she experiences without any support or time to process it (as soon as they die, they give them another admission). ‘ (Booker Moritz RN CNL).
“The efforts in the resuscitation room ceased, as the attending physician confirmed the patient’s death through ultrasound of his heart. The elderly man had been brought in thirty minutes prior and subjected to a barrage of life-saving techniques-chest compressions, intubation, numerous intravenous lines, and attempted defibrillations. There was blood spattered on the floor and the gowns and masks of the roughly twenty providers in the room. Compressions stopped, the cardiac monitor showed an unwavering line, and the hectic medical discussions calmed. A few people moved towards the door.
Jon Bartels, the lead nurse, spoke [paraphrasing]: “Before anyone leaves or cleans up, let’s take a moment of silence to appreciate the humanity of our patient. He loved and was loved, and he was likely a son, brother, husband, cousin, or friend to many. Let’s recognize that there were many things he accomplished and valued throughout his life, and that he added joy to the world. And finally, let’s recognize the efforts of the people in this room to preserve this wonderful man.”
A moment later, a nurse covered the patient’s body in a clean white sheet.”
After reading it, my professor said that it’s super rare, at this point in her career, that she encounters something which she is driven to immediately incorporate into her practice, but that this is absolutely deserving, and she’ll be doing it from now on.
Really inspirational stuff- you’re touching lives all the way up here!
-Kevin Klembczyk (first year Columbia Med Student 2013)