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, End-of-Life Nursing Care is tailored to the needs of student nurses working with adult patients. Annie Pettifer and Joanna de Souza 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.

Discharging Patients Approaching the End of Life

Discharging Patients Approaching the End of Life

Discharging patients approaching the end of life
Annie Pettifer

This chapter will explore:

  • Supporting patients going home from hospital
  • Supporting someone who doesn't feel able to cope with their dying relative at home
  • Planning the care of someone whose needs are changing
  • The services available to people who need end-of-life care at home
  • Co-ordinating discharge planning
  • Co-ordinating end-of-life care in the community


Planning the discharge of patients from hospital to their homes is a key role of nurses and health care practitioners (Lees 2007). Although ward-based nurses may not see the results of careful discharge planning, it is crucial to the care of people facing the end of their lives who wish to be in their own homes.

This chapter opens with a case study involving a ...

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