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Palliative Care Nursing: Quality Care to the End of Life, Third Edition

Palliative Care Nursing: Quality Care to the End of Life, Third Edition
Author: N/A
ISBN 13: 9780826157911
ISBN 10: 826157912
Edition: 3
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication Date: 2009-12-17
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 592
List Price: $105.00

"This textbook has...introduced concepts and methods of education which [help] to move palliative nursing forward as an evidenced based practice of whole person care."

-- Betty Ferrell, PhD, FAAN Research Scientist (From the Foreword)

"In this comprehensive textbook on palliative care nursing, editors Marianne Matzo and Deborah Witt Sherman succeed in bringing together the heart of nursing and the true meaning of palliative care with the most current evidence based practice."


Palliative care is a philosophy of caregiving that integrates disease modification with supportive, compassionate therapies for patients at the end of life. Palliative care nurses are responsible for alleviating pain and other physical symptoms-along with satisfying the emotional, social, cultural, and spiritual needs of patients who are facing life-threatening illness.

This third edition of Palliative Care Nursing provides more comprehensive newly updated content, knowledge, attitudes, skills, and cutting-edge teaching and learning strategies to achieve the AACN End-of-Life nursing competencies providing a lifespan approach. Now in its third edition, this book continues to emphasize the value of complementary, holistic modalities in promoting health, wholeness, and wellness, even as death approaches.

Key topics discussed:

  • Ethical aspects of palliative care
  • Legal aspects of end-of-life decision-making
  • Loss, suffering, grief, and bereavement on the part of patients and their families
  • Symptom-specific nursing management of pain, anxiety, depression, fatigue, malnutrition, and dehydration-all common to palliative care
  • How to communicate with the seriously ill and dying patients, their families, and their health care providers
  • Disease-specific aspects of palliative care for those battling cancer, heart disease, lung disease, HIV/AIDS, end-stage renal and liver disease, neurological, and other disorders

Doody Review Services

Reviewer: Lisa Stepp, PhD, RN, APN, AOCN, CRNH (Private Practice)
Description: Although palliative care and hospice have been an important part of medical service now for many years, clinician education in this area remains relatively new. Numerous nursing and physician education programs have started to integrate palliative care into their curriculum and appropriate texts are necessary to support this process.
Purpose: Clinicians are unable to provide services for which they have not received appropriate instruction. This book proposes to provide such instruction for students and established clinicians in palliative and end-of-life care. All contributing authors to this book are experienced in the area of palliative care and well respected in the field. The wealth of knowledge they bring to the topic is unsurpassed.
Audience: This book is most appropriate for nursing students, but clinicians just starting in palliative care as well as social workers and chaplains can benefit. The terminology is somewhat technical and will require some basic knowledge of nursing and science. Excellence in quality nursing care can only be achieved through appropriate education and direction. This book provides a framework that facilitates such quality care.
Features: This book provides the most essential information regarding end-of-life care and is orgainzed around 15 core competencies. With an understanding of the holisitic approach of palliative care, the reader is exposed to a comprehensive curriculum to guide their practice and success.
Assessment: Although there have been many books written regarding nursing care at the end of life, this book provides new information regarding appropriate curriculum development and implementation. Overall, the book is most appropriate for educators and use as a class textbook.