An on-the-go reference for hospice nurses and those interested in end-of-life care, this practical guide covers the essential elements in the compassionate and holistic care of terminally ill patients and their families. Nurses care for patients facing end-of-life issues in every practice specialty, and as the American population continues to age the need for proficiency in end-of-life skills will become increasingly important. Fast Facts for the Hospice Nurse: A Concise Guide to End-of-Life Care is an invaluable resource that provides emotional, administrative, and palliative support, whether in a hospice, long-term care facility, or even in acute care settings. This vital go-to text clearly and concisely lays out not only how to care for patients facing end-of-life issues, but also how to engage in self-care and cope with occupational stress.Beginning with an overview of hospice care, including its history and philosophy, this book offers a timeline of the growth of the hospice movement in the U.S. Subsequent sections include up-to-date information on the clinical responsibilities of the hospice nurse in addressing the physical, psychological, and spiritual needs of terminally ill patients and their families in a culturally sensitive way. This book also outlines the administrative duties of the hospice nurse, including hospice documentation, a review of hospice regulations, and quality management. The closing section focuses on occupational stress in hospice nursing and how to engage in self-care. This text can serve as a useful clinical resource and also as a reference for nurses seeking hospice certification from the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center.
Organized within the context of the scope and standards of practice of The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.
Addresses key points about issues unique to hospice nursing and highlights evidence-based interventions
Addresses important Medicare regulations and reimbursement
Offers numerous clinical resources to assist with hospice nursing practice.
A concise study resource for hospice nursing certification
Patricia Moyle Wright, PhD, CRNP, ACNS-BC, is an associate professor of nursing at theUniversity of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She teaches in the undergraduate andgraduate programs and truly loves to share her enthusiasm for the nursing profession withher students. Her clinical expertise is in end-of-life/hospice nursing. Her research is centeredon grief and bereavement with a particular emphasis on perinatal loss, and she has publishednumerous articles on this topic. She continues to work on refining the Pushing On theory ofperinatal bereavement, which is included in this book, and is also conducting research onother forms of loss and grief.