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Palliative Care Nursing: A Guide to Practice - 2nd Edition

Most nurses, at some stage of their career, will be called on to care for a dying person and so it is important that all nurses have the knowledge, skills, compassion and wisdom to care for people near the end of life. Palliative Care Nursing: A Guide to Practice, is a reliable and useful practice guide that will be relevant to nurses in all settings. 

This book is committed to the principles inherent in the practice of palliative care – respect, dignity, excellence, advocacy, equity and accountability. The individual chapters are authored by an international team of nurses who offer evidence, research and strategies for providing the finest approaches for palliative care within different situations and environments.

The chapter topics are well chosen and encompass key issues in contemporary palliative care nursing. The chapter authors have extensively researched their allotted areas. It is now for you, the reader, to assess how to use the information to improve your practice ... I urge you to dip into those chapters that are new or a little outside your everyday experience. You will not be disappointed. 

- Professor Sheila Payne, Director of the International Observatory on End of Life Care Help the Hospices Chair in Hospice Studies Director of the Cancer Experiences Collaborative President of the European Association for Palliative Care.

Contents include

  • Communication during transitions to palliative care
  • Spirituality and palliative care nursing
  • Symptom assessment in palliative care
  • Nausea and vomiting in palliative care nursing
  • Malignant wounds in palliative care
  • Nutrition and hydration in palliative care

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Author / Editor Biographies

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...
MN, BAppSc (Advanced Nursing), RN, MRCN.
Professor Sanchia Aranda is Chief Executive Officer of the Cancer Council Australia. Her research focuses on the development and testing of interventions to address the supportive and palliative care needs of people with cancer.


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