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.

Supporting Family and Friends

Supporting Family and Friends
Supporting family and friends
Joanna De Souza
Introduction

Working in health care involves meeting people facing loss on a daily basis. Any kind of ill health is associated with losses. However, when working with patients and their families facing life-limiting illness (and particularly when approaching the end of life), we often become more acutely aware of the very specific losses they are facing. How can we help them through this very difficult time?

The End of Life Care Strategy (Department of Health 2008) outlines the importance of care ...

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