Community Palliative Care: The Role of the Clinical Nurse by Sandra Aitken

By Sandra Aitken

Group Palliative Care examines the advanced aid and knowledge wishes of heavily sick sufferers and their households and should surround not just the patient’s trip, yet that of the relatives through the ailment trajectory and into the bereavement period.
The textual content is split into 3 sections- execs, sufferers and carers. the 1st part discusses the jobs and contributions made through different participants of the first wellbeing and fitness care crew and examines the position of the nurse. part explores the psychosocial help wanted via sufferers receiving palliative care, and appears on the group palliative care medical nurse experts’ position with regards to mental, in addition to sensible difficulties surrounding a existence threatening ailment. the ultimate part will examine the wishes of the relatives and carers and the aid that the neighborhood palliative care medical nurse expert can provide to the contributors. incorporated during this phase may be the complicated concerns confronted via carers on the subject of the altering roles in the family members, little ones, demise and bereavement.

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Therefore, it is prudent to examine why and when would district nurses or other members of the primary health care team refer to the community palliative care clinical nurse specialist. Several studies have examined the reasons for referral to the community palliative care clinical nurse specialist (Corner et al. 2002; Skilbeck et al. 2002; Bestall et al. 2004) and found similar results, emotional support for patient or carer, pain management and symptom control being the most common reasons for referral.

Quality in Health Care 9 (3), 151–158. Barron AM (1989) The CNS as consultant. In: Hamric AB, Spross JA (eds) The Clinical Nurse Specialist in Theory and Practice, 2nd edn, pp 125–146. WB Saunders, Philadelphia. Bestall JC, Ahmed N, Ahmedzai SH, Payne SA, Noble B, Clark D (2004) Access and referral to specialist palliative care: patients’ and professionals’ experiences. International Journal of Palliative Nursing 10 (8), 381–389. Bousfield C (1997) A phenomenological investigation into the role of the clinical nurse specialist.

It allowed Sandy to gradually discuss the issues that were important to him, and to ask questions when he was ready. If patients are to be involved in decisions about their care and treatment, they require knowledge about their diagnosis, prognosis, treatment options and potential side-effects (Doyle and Jeffrey 2000). indd 43 11/25/2008 10:40:03 AM 44 Community Palliative Care and results, helping patients to feel more reassured about their future treatments, answering questions and listening to their concerns and fears.

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