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Before and After Death - Nursing Care




  • Explains how both the staff/carers and family members can prepare for a death
  • Provides a list of assessment guidelines for care when death is imminent (or thought to be imminent)
  • Lists numerous signs of death
  • Guidelines of how the actions to be taken after death occurs including legal obligations, care of staff, care of residents and care of family

This chapter addresses important issues surrounding the time of death. Basic advice and guidelines are given to ensure that an appropriate and sensitive environment is provided for the staff, other residents and family members.


Contents include

  • Preparing for dying
  • Signs of imminent death
  • Care when death is imminent
  • Death and aftermath
    • Signs of death
    • Actions to be taken
    • Legal obligations
    • Care of the family
    • Care of staff
    • Care of other residents
  • Bereavement support
  • Documentation
  • Conclusion
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Author / Editor Biographies

Aged Care Palliative Care Consultant, RN, Dip Arts, B App Sci (adv.nsg) Grad Dip Geront. Nsg, B Theol, M Theol, PhD,FRCNA, FAAG
Dr Rosalie Hudson's varied nursing career is focused on aged care, dementia care and palliative care. As a consultant nurse educator, with qualifications in theology, she explores end-of-life issues for older people; as an author, teacher and associate professor with the University of Melbourne, she seeks to raise the profile of gerontic nursing. Rosalie has had twelve years of experience as a director of nursing of a 50-bed nursing home, as well as extensive experience in community nursing practice.
Palliative Care
Professor Margaret O’Connor is the inaugural Professor of Nursing at Swinburne University in Melbourne. Prior to this she was the Vivian Bullwinkel Chair in Palliative Care Nursing at Monash University, where she established and led a successful Palliative Care Research Team. Margaret’s research has been widely published, concentrating on models of palliative care , issues of culture and the end of life needs of particular population groups. From 2006 to 2011 Margaret served as the President of Palliative Care Australia and in 2005 she was made a member of the Order of Australia for h...

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