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.

Care after Death

Care after Death

Care after death
Joanna De Souza

This chapter will explore:

  • What happens when the patient dies?
  • Pronouncing the patient's death
  • Supporting the relatives
  • What happens if the family is not present?
  • Care after death
  • Being with a patient when they die
  • Supporting my colleagues


Being with someone at the point of their death can be the most wonderful and the most terrifying experience. Knowing what may happen and what to do can be helpful in relieving some of the anxiety at this time, both for you as a nurse but also for the family and friends who may want to be with the patient. This chapter will look at managing the last moments of life when the death is one that has been anticipated. By the end of the chapter you ...

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