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.

Resolving my Own Feelings after a Patient has Died

Resolving my Own Feelings after a Patient has Died

Resolving my own feelings after a patient has died
Annie Pettifer

This chapter will explore:

  • What motivates health professionals to care?
  • How I might be affected when a patient has died
  • How registered practitioners might be affected by patients’ deaths
  • The sources of support that are available
  • Burnout
  • Developing resilience


Although trained for a particular job, health care professionals are also individual people with their own unique background, current situation, personality and values. Inevitably, when faced with sad situations health care professionals may be personally affected in some way. Sometimes this is transitory and manageable; at other times it can be profound and overwhelming, even to the point of obstructing their ability to care for other patients or enjoy life beyond work. This ...

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