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Palliative Care Nursing: A Guide to Practice - 3rd 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 is a reliable and useful practice guide which 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 third edition of ‘Palliative care nursing: A guide to practice’ is now available. Apart from one minor quibble – that there is little or no material on quality of life – all relevant aspects of palliative care nursing are covered. This is a comprehensive overview of palliative care nursing, from the first chapter which contextualises palliative care, through communication, the nurse-patient relationship, ethics, spirituality, symptom assessment, management of major symptoms, to wounds, delirium, intimacy, caring for families, grief and bereavement, chronic illness, dementia, the acute hospital system, and paediatric palliative care. This excellent and authoritative text for the Australian palliative care nurse is written and edited primarily by Australian nurses who are all leaders in their field. It is well set out, easy to read, evidence based, and richly referenced.

- Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education

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

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Contents include

  • Foreword: Sheila Payne
  • Framing palliative care, David Stephenson
  • Communication during transitions to palliative care, Susan Lee
  • Surviving and thriving: the nurse-patient relationship in palliative care, Louise Peters and Fiona McDermott
  • Ethical decision-making in palliative care: Debra Griffiths
  • Spirituality in palliative care nursing: Susan Ronaldson
  • Symptom assessment in palliative care: Donna Rostron and Judy Zollo
  • Strategies to manage pain in palliative care: Jeannine M Brant
  • Dyspnoea and breathlessness in palliative care nursing: Isabella Zhao, Vanessa Brunelli and Patsy Yates
  • Fatigue in palliative care: Katrina Breaden
  • Constipation in palliative care: John Rosenberg
  • Nausea and vomiting in palliative care nursing: Patsy Yates
  • Nutrition and hydration in palliative care: Margaret O’Connor and Katrina Récoché
  • Malignant wounds in palliative care: Patricia Grocott
  • Delirium in palliative care: Eleanor Flynn and Jac Mathieson
  • Sexuality and intimacy in palliative care: Amanda Hordern
  • Caring for families in the palliative care setting: Amanda Johnson
  • Understanding grief and bereavement in the palliative care setting: Molly Carlile
  • Palliative care in chronic illness: Patricia Davidson and Jane L Phillips
  • Ageing, dementia and palliative care: Deborah Parker
  • Palliative care in the acute hospital system: Kate Jackson, Christine Mooney and Gabrielle O’Connor
  • Paediatric palliative care: Leanne Monterosso and Sharon De Graves

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Author / Editor Biographies

Dr Susan Lee is senior lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Monash University and a member of the Palliative Care Research Team. She teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate students in palliative care and has research interests in decision-making, workforce development and models of palliative care.
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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