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Now in its third edition, this landmark textbook has become the key resource for all nurses working in the field of palliative medicine. Edited by renowned nursing experts Betty Ferrell and Nessa Coyle and written by a dynamic team of internationally known authorities in nursing and palliative medicine, the book contains 67 chapters which cover the gamut of the palliative nursing world. The volume's scope is broad to incorporate principles of care from the time of the initial diagnosis of a terminal disease to the end of a patient's life and beyond. Written to complement the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine (Hanks, Oxford, 2009), this text is distinctively developed to highlight the nurse's vital role as part of an integrated palliative care team. Various care settings are discussed including the hospital, ICU, home care, and hospice settings. While the book does provide some information on disease and pathophysiology when appropriate, the chapters focus on the practical aspects of nursing care, including symptom assessment, patient teaching, family support, psychosocial aspects of palliation, and spiritual care. All of the chapters have been completely updated and reorganized to incorporate new research and emerging models of care. This updated volume includes over 10 new chapters, including an extensively update section on international models of palliative care. In addition, there are many new ethics discussions covering a range of topics from pediatric palliative care to the withdrawal of life sustaining treatment. The text is authoritative and fully evidence-based, without ever losing sight of the humanity and sensitivity necessary in palliative nursing.

Author Biography

Betty R. Ferrell, PhD, RN, FAANResearch ScientistDepartment of Nursing Education and Research
City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA
Nessa Coyle, RN, MS, FAAN
Pain and Palliative Care ServiceDepartment of Neurology
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Table of Contents

General Principles
Introduction to Palliative Care Nursing Care
Hospice Care in the 21st Century: A Model for Quality End-of-Life Care
Hospital-Based Palliative Care
Principles of Patient and Family Assessment
Communication in Palliative Care: An Essential Competency for Nurses
Symptom Assessment and Management
Pain Assessment
Pain at the End of Life
Anorexia and Cachexia
Nausea and Vomiting
Dysphagia, Xerostomia, and Hiccups
Bowel Management: Constipation, Diarrhea, Obstruction, and Ascites
Hydration, Thirst, and Nutrition
Dyspnea, Death Rattle, and Cough
Urinary Tract Disorders
Lymphedema Management
Skin Disorders: Pressure Ulcers-Assessment and Management
Skin Disorders: Malignant Wounds, Fistulas, and Stomas
Pruritus, Fever, and Sweats
Neurological Disturbances
Anxiety and Depression
Delirium, Confusion, and Agitation
Clinical Interventions, Economic Outcomes, and Palliative Care
Urgent Syndromes at the End of Life
Sedation for Refractory Symptoms and Terminal Weaning
Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Palliative Care
Withdrawal of Life Sustaining Treatment
The Meaning of Hope in the Dying
The Meaning of Hope in the Dying
Supporting Families in Palliative Care
Planning for the Actual Death
Spiritual Care
Spiritual Assessment
Spiritual Care Interventions
Meaning in Illness
Special Patient Populations
Caring for those with Chronic Illness
Cultural Considerations in Palliative Care
Elderly Patients
Poor, Homeless, and Underserved Populations
Palliative Care in Psychiatric Illness
Patients with Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome: Caring from Diagnosis to Long Term Survival or Death
Caring for the Drug-Addicted Patient at the End of Life
Cancer Survivorship
End-of-Life Care Across Settings
Improving the Quality of Care Across All Settings
Long-Term Care
Home Care
The Intensive Care Unit
The Outpatient Setting
Rehabilitation and Palliative Care
The Emergency Department
The Role of Nursing in Caring for Patients Undergoing Surgery for Advanced Disease
Palliative Chemotherapy and Clinical Trials in Advanced Cancer: The Nurse's Role
Pediatric Palliative Care
Symptom Management in Pediatric Palliative Care
Pediatric Care: The Hospice Perspective
Pediatric Care: Transitioning Goals of Care in the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, and in Between
End-of-life Decision Making in Pediatric Oncology
Palliative Care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Grief and Bereavement in Pediatric Palliative Care
Pediatric Pain: Knowing the Child Before You
Special Issues for the Nurse in End-of-Life Care
The Advanced Practice Nurse
The Experience of the Nurse in End-of-Life Care in the 21st Century: Mentoring the Next Generation
Ethical Considerations
Public Policy and End-of-Life Care: The Nurse's Role
Palliative Care and Requests for Assistance in Dying
Nursing Education
Nursing Research
Teamwork in Palliative Care
International Models of Palliative Care
International Models of Palliative Care Reflecting Various Stages of National Development
Palliative Care in Australia and New Zealand
Palliative Care in the United Kingdom Public Policy and End-of-Life Care: The Nurse's Role
Palliative Care in Europe
Palliative Care in Situations of Conflict
Palliative Care in South America
Palliative Care in Africa
Palliative Care in Japan
Conclusion: A Good Death
Understanding a Good Death
Appendix: Palliative Care Resource List
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