Palliative Care in Nursing and Healthcare
- Michelle Brown - University of Derby, UK
This book helps nursing and healthcare students to prepare for the challenges of working with the increasing number of patients requiring palliative care, so that they can work in partnership with patients and their carers, providing care that is compassionate, practical and backed up by the latest evidence. Delivering palliative care can be emotionally challenging and the book focuses on supporting healthcare staff, allowing them to provide the care that is needed.
Key features include:
* case studies in every chapter, helping students to practically work through difficult scenarios
* reflective activities that assist readers in thinking critically about their care and how to improve it
* a holistic approach to palliative care that includes family, carers and interprofessional work
* up to date theory and policy.
Palliative Care in Nursing and Healthcare is suitable for undergraduate nursing students and allied health students and practitioners.
Michelle Brown is Senior Lecturer at the University of Derby.
This book provides an excellent introduction to the principles and practices of palliative care in health care. The case studies and opportunities for reflection allow the practitioner to develop an understanding of how palliative care principles can be applied in practice settings for a variety of life limiting conditions.
Reading ‘Palliative Care in Nursing and Healthcare’ has been a great pleasure. The content is extremely relevant to today’s practice along with being beautifully presented. The book is full of case studies and reflection points which deepens understanding on the subject. I would highly recommend that all healthcare professionals read this excellent and informative book.
This book aims to present the essence of palliative care for undergraduate students in nursing and allied health; my opinion was that it would not do any harm to make medical students read it as well. It covers care and compassion, the holistic approach, care planning, carers’ needs, the interprofessional team, communication, ethical issues, end of life care, death and dying and, finally, self-care. There are numerous illustrative case scenarios and lists of reflection points. Good stuff.
Comprehensive guide essential for nursing students
Extremely useful for wider reading, particularly relevant for students chosing topics linked to palliative care for their extended project
Michelle Brown’s book ‘Palliative Care in Nursing Practice is well presented and provides a good introduction to palliative and end of life care. The content is well support by current legislation, guidelines and literature with suggested additional suggested reading for each chapter. A range of tools and models of care are discussed with consideration for application into practice. Each chapter is supported with case scenarios relating to the specific chapter content. Reflective points throughout the chapters also challenge the reader to consider aspects of care, approach, knowledge and skills.
This is a well written book which I would certainly list recommended reading for modules and courses on palliative and end of life care.
This is an excellent book for both student and qualified nurses. The focus on compassion (and self compassion) are transferrable to non-palliative patient care and therefore this book is useful for many of my modules.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1: Palliative care past, present and the future