Palliative Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 6th Ed.
Palliative Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 6th Ed.
Palliative Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 6th edition, 2021
ISBN: 978-1-934654-01-9

Palliative nursing reflects a holistic philosophy of care and services for patients and families who face serious illness in a wide variety of settings and conditions. The new Palliative Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice delineates the who, what, when, where, why, and how of palliative nursing practice. It reflects the contemporary and dynamic health environment, including advances in scientific knowledge, clinical practice, and technology. It promotes access to high-quality palliative care with principles of social justice, culturally sensitive care, and an ability to respond to crises. The section defining palliative care outlines the current status of hospice and palliative care and includes information on the promotion of well-being within palliative nursing. The detailed section on scope of palliative nursing practice defines palliative nursing; provides the history of palliative nursing; offers the underlying assumptions of practice, education, and training requirements; and delineates primary and specialty palliative nursing. It also offers thoughts on well-being and the ethical and conceptual bases of the specialty—needed to understand and use the palliative nursing standards of practice. Each of the 17 professional and performance standards outlines the essentials of that standard for which all palliative nurses are held accountable. Specifically, there is a framework for evaluating outcomes, goals, and the competencies that demonstrate meeting that standard, with additional competencies listed for advanced practice palliative nursing.

Author: Constance Dahlin, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN


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