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.

Sudden or Unexpected Death

Sudden or Unexpected Death

Sudden or unexpected death
Julia Cameron

This chapter will explore:

  • What makes sudden death traumatic for the patient?
  • Management of end-of-life care emergencies
  • Communication – the forgotten palliative care emergency?
  • What makes sudden death traumatic for you as a professional?
  • Dealing with unexpected death
  • What makes sudden death traumatic for the family?
  • Caring for the relatives after the death
  • Other issues that arise with unexpected death


Interestingly, when you ask well people how they would like to die, many talk about dying quickly or in their sleep, as the idea of a lingering death is an uncomfortable one. However, in reality death that comes suddenly and unexpectedly can be very difficult for both the patient and, in particular, for those left behind, even for the more experienced staff. It can be ...

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