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C-TAC Co-Hosts Defining Hope D.C. Premier

Last week, C-TAC co-hosted the Washington, D.C. premier of Defining Hope, a documentary by filmmaker Carolyn Jones, known for her previous work The American Nurse. The film was sponsored by the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare and the American Nurses Foundation. Its release coincided with November’s National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

The documentary follows several nurses and patients living with serious illness and their families. It highlights the range of hope for them, profiling the experience of two young people as they pursue curative treatment contrasted with stories of older people receiving hospice care.  Throughout, the patients and the nurses are the stars. One of the nurses featured, Diane Ryan of Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, herself a cancer survivor, cares for patients in their palliative and hospice care program. The experience there is life affirming and shows how excellent care can help even the dying to have a good quality of life. “You learn to live,” one of her patients says.

The DC premier was also co-sponsored by Children’s National and American Nurses Association, along with C-TAC member Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions of Jones and several palliative care nurse practitioners, including Marian Grant, C-TAC’s Senior Regulatory Advisor, at a post-film Q&A panel. Speaking about balancing the many demands faced by today’s nurses, Marian noted that “the important task is for nurses and other clinicians to be fully present” when caring for patients so as to learn what really matters to them.

Learn more about Defining Hope here.

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