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When to refer patients for hospice care

What happens to patients once they reach the maximum benefit of traditional curative treatment? For many, hospice should be considered. A point on the...

A troubled life, a difficult death

Editor’s note: National Homelessness Awareness Week is November 10-18. Like many of our homeless patients, "Sarah" was a bundle of contradictions. She came from money,...

Managing end-of-life symptoms

For patients nearing death, palliative care can enhance quality of life by easing pain and other symptoms, improving sleep, and reducing fatigue. Managing end-of-life symptoms

When it’s my time to die

Failing to make our end-of-life wishes known to others can deny us and our loved ones important choices.

National Priorities Partnership explores nursing’s contributions to healthcare transformation

Seeking to address major healthcare challenges, the National Priorities Partnership recognizes the many contributions nurses are making to advance its goals and transform health care. This article details the steps needed to optimize nursing’s contributions in specific areas.

Tending to all their needs: Advance care planning for pediatric patients

B is a 12 year old boy who suffers from cardiomyopathy following an acute viral illness. His condition is stable, but without a heart...

Time of death after withdrawal of mechanical ventilation

Although time to death after withdrawal of mechanical ventilation varies widely, the majority of patients die within 24 hours according to an article in...

Hospice and palliative care

What nurses don't know about hospice and palliative care can hurt the patient and family.
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Silence and Solace

“We think she’s gone,” he said. It was 6:20 p.m. I was walking down the hall on the med-surg unit, and turned to face a...

Helping patients navigate end-of-life issues

An ANA Workgroup is drafting position statements on end-of-life issues.
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Take Note – March 2008

Updated guidelines on end-of-life care To improve the quality of palliative end-of-life care, the American College of Physicians has revised its guidelines. According to the...

Interwoven art of understanding

Communicating with crochet.

Being with Dying

Your most powerful message has nothing to do with words.