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Palliative Care Education

Professor Christina Faull on the importance of palliative care skills

 

Why is good palliative care important?

  • End of life and death is not spoken about socially
  • Palliative care ensures the best possible quality of life and enables discussion between individuals, relatives and care staff
  • To enable the dying person to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be where they want to be at death with whom they want to be with. It’s also important to be empathetic and supportive in addition to clinical skills

Why is palliative care education useful?

  • It improves palliative care nurses’ skills and adds extra confidence
  • It develops skills to undertake a full holistic assessment
  • It enables symptom control
  • If family members wish to be involved in care, education gives nurses the skills to teach care techniques
  • It enhances continuity of care by involving other agencies if necessary

Helen Layton – Community Staff Nurse and Post-Registration DMU Nurse

Skills of a palliative care nurse Include:

  • Compassion
  • Caring
  • Empathy
  • Provision of help and support
  • Just ‘being there’
  • Advocacy
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