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The Textbook of Palliative Nursing is an international resource for nurses in the emerging field of palliative care. Throughout the text, the editors focus on the priniples of palliative care throughout the course of a chronic progressive incurable disease rather than only at the end of life. The scope is broad and the content, contributed by over 80 national and international nurse experts, covers the world of palliative care nursing across many different settings. Included are long term care, home care, hospice, acute care settings, intensive care units and out patient/ office settings. The needs of special populations are addressed, including, pediatrics, the elderly, the cognitively impaired, the poor and under-served, the homeless, and those with AIDS. Assessment, symptom management, spirituality, the meaning of hope at end-of-life, special issues for nurses who provide end-of-life care, issues of truth telling, and ethical issues are all addressed.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Darrell A Owens, DNP (University of Washington Medicine)
Description: This is a comprehensive reference for nurses working in palliative care, as well as for those in other specialty areas who provide elements of palliative care in their practice. The editors have updated and expanded the book to reflect the expanding field of palliative care nursing.
Purpose: Since the first edition in 2001, the field of palliative nursing has undergone significant growth. Palliative nursing is now practiced in many different settings including emergency departments, intensive care units, and outpatient clinics. The field is also now reaching pediatrics in greater numbers. The content and purpose of this second edition has expanded in an attempt to meet the growing needs of palliative nurses. The field of palliative nursing is constant need of relevant and current information. This book provides essential knowledge to the field of palliative nursing, and the editors have done an exceptional job in meeting their objectives.
Audience: This is an exceptional reference for nursing students, practicing nurses who provide care to people with advanced disease, advanced practice nurses, nurse educators, social workers, and chaplains. The various authors reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the field. The editors are internationally known experts, as are many of the authors.
Features: The content ranges from an overview of the field for the novice who may not be familiar with palliative nursing, to specific issues such as pain and symptom management, spiritual care, and psychosocial issues. The section that addresses end-of-life issues across all care settings is exceptional, as it serves as a reference for nurses practicing in those areas, and for palliative care practitioners who would like to improve services to patients in those areas. With over 1,100 pages, the book is best used as a reference. Each chapter is densely packed with written information and few illustrations, which can at times make for cumbersome reading. The extensive index eases this challenge by guiding the reader to specific content areas.
Assessment: In recent years there has been a plethora of books written about palliative care. While some of them have contributed to the body of knowledge of palliative care, none are as thorough, comprehensive, and well written as this one. Once again the editors, Betty Ferrell and Nessa Coyle, have produced a work that makes a significant contribution to the field of palliative nursing. The second edition has significantly expanded content, and justifies replacement for anyone who previously purchased the first edition.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195175493
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1280
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 2.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction to palliative care nursing care 5
2 Hospice palliative care : a model for quality end-of-life care 13
3 Principles of patient and family assessment 47
4 Communication in palliative care 67
5 Pain assessment 97
6 Pain at the end of life 131
7 Fatigue 155
8 Anorexia and cachexia 169
9 Nausea and vomiting 177
10 Dysphagia, xerostomia, and hiccups 195
11 Bowel management : constipation, diarrhea, obstruction, and ascites 219
12 Hydration, thirst, and nutrition 239
13 Dyspnea, death rattle, and cough 249
14 Urinary tract disorders 265
15 Lymphedema management 285
16A Skim disorders : pressure ulcers - assessment and management 301
16B Skin disorders : tumor necrosis, fistulas, and stomas 329
17 Pruritus, fever, and sweats 345
18 Neurological disturbances 365
19 Anxiety and depression 375
20 Delirium, confusion, and agitation 401
21 Sexuality 421
22 Clinical interventions, economic outcomes, and palliative care 429
23 Urgent syndromes at the end of life 443
24 Sedation for refractory symptoms and terminal weaning 467
25 Complementary and alternative therapies in palliative care 491
26 The meaning of hope in the dying 513
27 Bereavement 531
28 Supporting families in palliative care 545
29 Planning for the actual death 561
30 Spiritual assessment 581
31 Spiritual care interventions 595
32 Meaning in illness 605
33 Reflecting on the journey : a family caregiver's personal perspective 617
34 Cultural considerations in palliative care 623
35 Elderly patients 635
36 Poor, homeless, and undeserved populations 661
37 Patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome 671
38 Caring for the drug-addicted patient at the end of life 713
39 Improving the quality of care across all settings 725
40 Long-term care 759
41 Home care 771
42 Hospital-based palliative care 787
43 The intensive care unit 817
44 The outpatient setting 835
45 Rehabilitation and palliative care 847
46 The emergency department 861
47 The role of nursing in caring for patients undergoing surgery for advanced disease 871
48 Palliative chemotherapy and clinical trials in advanced cancer : the nurse's role 881
49 Symptom management in pediatric palliative care 895
50 Pediatric care : the hospice perspective 909
51 Pediatric care : transitioning goals of care in the emergency department, intensive care unit, and in between 925
52 End-of-life decision making in pediatric oncology 945
53 Palliative care in the neonatal intensive care unit 959
54 Grief and bereavement in pediatric palliative care 975
55 Pediatric pain : knowing the child before you 991
56 The experience of the nurse in end-of-life care in the 21st century 1011
57 Ethical considerations 1031
58 Public policy and end-of-life care : the nurse's role 1055
59 Palliative care and requests for assistance in dying 1067
60 Nursing education 1077
61 Nursing research 1093
62 Delivering palliative care in challenging settings and to hard-to-reach populations 1109
63 A community-based approach to improving the quality of life's end 1119
64 Project safe conduct 1129
65 Harlem palliative care network 1139
66 International models of excellence 1147
Palliative care in Canada 1147
Palliative care in Australia and New Zealand 1159
Palliative care in the United Kingdom 1165
Palliative care in Europe 1176
Palliative care in situations in conflict 1188
Palliative care in South America 1194
67 Understanding a good death : James's story 1209
App Palliative care resource list 1217
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