This landmark text is the key resource for nurses working in the field of palliative care. Edited by renowned nursing experts, and written by a dynamic team of internationally known authorities in nursing and palliative medicine, the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing covers the gamut of principles of care from the time of initial diagnosis of a terminal disease to the end of a patient's life and beyond. The text is distinctively developed to highlight the nurse's vital role as part of an integrated palliative care team.
Various care settings are discussed including the hospital, ICU, home care, and hospice. Chapters focus on the practical aspects of nursing care, including symptom assessment, patient teaching, family support, psychosocial aspects of palliation, and spiritual care.
New to the fourth edition are chapters on the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care Guidelines, palliative care of veterans, palliative care in rural settings, disaster situations, palliative care in Eastern Europe, and palliative care in the Philippines.
This text addresses the practical aspects of nursing care including symptom assessment, patient teaching, family support, psychosocial aspects of palliation, and spiritual care in relation to a variety of care settings and patient populations.
Each chapter includes case examples and a strong evidence base to support the highest quality of care. Highlights the nurse's vital role as part of an integrated palliative care team.
"The editors have once again produced an excellent reference. Written and edited by nurses, for nurses, this book is one of the best in the field today. The additional content in this edition makes it a must have for your professional library. There are no other palliative nursing textbooks with this level of information written by so many experts in the field."
-- Darrell Owens, DNP (University of Washington Medicine)Doody's Review
"The specialty of palliative care nursing is slowly achieving the status and recognition it has so long deserved, and the publication of the Textbook of Palliative Nursing is a landmark along that road."
-- Book Review from Int'l Association for Hospice and Palliative Care - previous edition
According to the editors, the audience is nurses whose primary practice is palliative care. However, this book would certainly be useful to nursing students, nurses whose primary practice is not palliative care such as those working in the hospital, oncology, cardiology, or long term care settings. It also would be a useful reference for colleagues in social work and spiritual care. The editors are internationally known experts in the field of palliative nursing. The many contributing authors were carefully selected for their experience and prior contributions to the field.