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Marlene McHugh’s interest in palliative care started early in her 29-year nursing career.
She carried out orders but saw patients’ physical and psychological suffering, especially in the ICU, that wasn’t addressed.
“Most nurses struggle with patients who are suffering,” said McHugh, DNP, FNP-BC, RN, ACHPN, FPCN, assistant professor of clinical nursing at Columbia University, Manhattan, and associate director, palliative care service, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx.