This is a musical experiment by a creative nurse who hopes to expose and maybe change our attitudes about end of life. Steve Price has been a registered nurse for 25 years. He now works as a palliative care nurse. His experiences have inspired him to write his first CD.
So many experiences unfold in hospitals; love, compassion, sadness, frustration, hopelessness and resolve are a few. These ballads try to capture some of the sweetness and the sadness. Steve has observed how the collective cultural fear about end of life has influenced medical practice and questions some of our healthcare priorities. He witnesses the manifestation of our death defying society in the heroic lengths we expect, request and sometimes demand of our doctors; asking them to stand in deaths way. In these songs he calls into question the wisdom of our choices. In our denial we often see an expensive, cruel drama unfold for so many at the end of life causing much suffering.
The music is timely and will surely stimulate discussion since health care is once again on the political agenda. The baby boomers are at the healthcare doorstep and we are feeling the financial strain on our fragile system. There are problems with the many uninsured, shameful condition of nursing homes and the profiteering at the expense of our old and infirmed citizens.
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