Hospice And Palliative Care Services

1066 WordsOct 27, 20155 Pages
Many nursing schools today, as well as in the past, do not have comprehensive courses dedicated to hospice and palliative care. Therefore, nurses today are not adequately prepared to deliver this type of specialized care. The population of individuals in need of hospice and/or palliative care continue to grow. Consequently, there is a need for dedicated hospice and palliative care facilities within the communities. This community partnering project will describe the need for further end of life education for nurses, as well as the need to support end of life hospice and palliative care services within the community. Overview As leaders, it is our duty to educate ourselves and be aware of what the needs for services such as this are within the community. As educators, it is our responsibility to insure that our future nurses are fully prepared to deliver expertise care. As nurses, we have a duty to advocate for our patients and provide the best care possible in any situation, even at the end of life. According to an article by Meier (2011), evidence discloses that those with serious illness or multiple chronic illnesses receive inadequate care when it comes to quality care at the end of life. Many hospitals today do not dedicate a specific unit for hospice care. For example, the facility I work in is a level 1 trauma hospital located in the Texas Medical Center (TMC), Houston, Texas. In our facility alone, there are approximately three to five patients a day
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