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End-of-Life Nursing Care

End-of-Life Nursing Care

First Edition

December 2012 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Students and newly-qualified staff make up much of the workforce delivering end-of-life care but, because end-of-life care can be both technically challenging and emotionally demanding, it is an aspect of nursing that can cause considerable anxiety.

This very accessible, straightforward book helps to allay those concerns and enables pre-registration students to prepare confidently for the challenges they will face when they are caring for dying patients and supporting their families. Each chapter is based on a different and realistic scenario - reflecting a range of circumstances - to demonstrate the essential generic knowledge and skills they need to develop, and draws out the important practical and theoretical issues students should consider and address if patients and their families are to receive the best possible care.

Written by two experienced palliative care lecturer/practitioners, and mapping closely to the NMC's 2010 domains, the book is tailored to the needs of student nurses working with adult patients. It will explore the importance of their role in end-of-life care and how this interfaces with the roles of other multidisciplinary professionals involved in the care of their patients. It will also be helpful to students of other health care professions and support newly-qualified healthcare professionals working in adult health.

End of Life Care - A Historical Perspective
Assessing Holistic Needs
Responding to Questions about the End of Life
Making Difficult Decisions Using Ethical and Legal Frameworks
Calling in the Palliative Care Team
Managing Physical Symptoms
Discharging Patients Approaching the End of Life
Knowing When a Patient Is in the Last Days of Life
Care after Death
Sudden or Unexpected Death
Supporting Family and Friends
Resolving My Own Feelings after a Patient Has Died

'I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! The chapters are clear and easy for undergraduate students to understand. The use of case studies in particular strengthens the book and brings the discussion into the real-life practice context' -
Gillian Walton, Northumbria University

'The clear and straightforward writing style of this book makes it ideal for first year undergraduate students and those who have no experience of end of life care. The logical progression throughout each chapter helps readers to engage with the discussion' -
Brigid Purcell, University of Huddersfield

"This book serves as a manual for total patient and family care at the end of life....Though the information has been provided by multiple other authors..., the strategies of delivery make this text unique and possibly more effective. A useful resource for new and seasoned end-of-life caregivers. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners."

J.S. St. Clair
Lynchburg College

The authors have extensive experience in palliative and end of life care and bring it to this inspiring book; they set out a clear process through  the end of life care journey and use excellent case studies throughout. A subject rarely covered in books such as these is sudden unexpected death, to which the authors devote a chapter. The discussion is thought provoking and it is an area of care students are likely to be required to consider and manage. I recommend this book to students and mentors who would like to explore end of life care in more depth.

Diane Laverty
Nurse Consultant, St Joseph’s Hospice, London
Cancer Nursing Practice

...Its strengths lie in its readability, unpretentious language and its correlation to everyday nursing practice. The evidence base is strong, bang up to date and used wisely to support the pragmatic advice offered...This is a book worthy of success...

Robert Becker, Independent Lecturer in Palliative Care
Nursing Times

This is a clearly written book that provides an essential knowledge and understanding to the undergraduate nursing students. The clear learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter provides a clear outline. The reflective questions and action points throughout the book are very beneficial to stimulate thinking as the reader progress with their reading.

Mrs Neeru Viraj
Nursing, Wolverhampton University
August 1, 2016

Excellent book for those wishing to look in more depth at end of life care . Recommended to our LRC to enable our students who are working within this field of care to do further reading.

Mrs Margaret Rose Bull
School Of Care Studies, West Herts College
June 8, 2016

Fits in nicely with Together for Health document

Heulwen Morgan-Samuel
Department of Cancer Care, Swansea Univ.
July 7, 2014

this is more for learners that are studing in the nursing sector

Mrs Charlie Grieve
Adult Skills, North Lindsey College
January 6, 2014

This is an excellent guide for preregistration nurses and newly qualified nurses. All the chapters guide the nurses through the effects of caring for people who are dying and their relatives. Especially helpful are the chapters about communication and managing own emotions.

Mrs Sian Hawkins
Nursing , Florence nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery
November 20, 2013

All students are expected to have an understanding of end of live essential. It is imperative that they know this topic. This book will enable them to do so.

Mr Swaleh Toofany
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare, University of West London
October 23, 2013