Nursing Roles And Palliative Care Families

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Nursing Roles and Palliative Care Families The field of palliative care offers nurses unique opportunities to engage with families on multiple levels. According Stayt (as cited in Ingleton, Chatwin, Seymour & Payne, 2011), “If nurses perceive role confusion during the care of dying patients and their families this increases the degree of stress experienced, limiting effectiveness in proving care and compounding their grief response” (p. 212). Clarifying nursing roles is vital to providing quality care to patients and families. Stuart, O’Connor, Peters and Bloomer (2010) argue that the “first priority” is to provide suitable care for the patient and family thereby “reinforcing the value of palliative care” (p. 55). The purpose of this paper is to explore certain specific roles of nursing with palliative care families. A few important nursing roles when interacting with palliative care families include: counselor, educator, and advocate. The first component of this paper will examine these common nursing roles when interacting with the families of palliative care patients. Then specific challenges to these nursing roles will be evaluated. Finally, nursing implications and evidence-based interventions to overcome these role challenges will be assessed. Investigating nurse’s views of the family-nurse relationship within a palliative home care setting has been inadequate to date (Griffin, McWilliam & Oudshoorn, p. 99). Understanding and implementing various nursing
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