Dying nurse teaches students about hospice care

01/11/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Nursing students in Massachusetts learned about caring for terminally ill patients from nurse Martha Keochareon, who called her alma mater, Holyoke Community College, and volunteered herself as a study subject. Keochareon, who died weeks later of pancreatic cancer, encouraged nursing students to spend time at her bedside, ask questions and examine her so that they had more than a textbook education on palliative and hospice care.

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