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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