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From The CriticsReviewer: Lisa Stepp, PhD, RN, APN, AOCN, CRNH (Private Practice)
Description: Although palliative care and hospice have been an important part of medical service now for many years, clinician education in this area remains relatively new. Numerous nursing and physician education programs have started to integrate palliative care into their curriculum and appropriate texts are necessary to support this process.
Purpose: Clinicians are unable to provide services for which they have not received appropriate instruction. This book proposes to provide such instruction for students and established clinicians in palliative and end-of-life care. All contributing authors to this book are experienced in the area of palliative care and well respected in the field. The wealth of knowledge they bring to the topic is unsurpassed.
Audience: This book is most appropriate for nursing students, but clinicians just starting in palliative care as well as social workers and chaplains can benefit. The terminology is somewhat technical and will require some basic knowledge of nursing and science. Excellence in quality nursing care can only be achieved through appropriate education and direction. This book provides a framework that facilitates such quality care.
Features: This book provides the most essential information regarding end-of-life care and is orgainzed around 15 core competencies. With an understanding of the holisitic approach of palliative care, the reader is exposed to a comprehensive curriculum to guide their practice and success.
Assessment: Although there have been many books written regarding nursing care at the end of life, this book provides new information regarding appropriate curriculum development and implementation. Overall, the book is most appropriate for educators and use as a class textbook.