ultrafacts:No One Dies Alone (NODA) is a national…


No One Dies Alone (NODA) is a national volunteer-centered program started by Sandra Clarke, CCRN, at PeaceHealth in 2001. Its goal is to provide companionship and support for dying individuals so that no patient dies alone.

To accomplish this, volunteer companions are notified when a patient in the hospital is actively dying. The compassionate companions will come to the hospital and stay with the patient, rotating through three-hour shifts, until the patient passes. During the vigil, the compassionate companions can talk to the patient, hold his/her hand, or just be a loving presence in the room. [x]

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