Textbook of Palliative Nursing

Textbook of Palliative Nursing
5th Ed.
2019 © Oxford University Press, Inc.
Judith A. Paice PhD, RN, FAAN; Betty Rolling Ferrell, RNM, PhD, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN
ISBN-13: 978-0-19-086237-4
eISBN-13: 978-0-19-086238-1
Nursing, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Evidence Based Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Oncology


The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing is a comprehensive textbook on the art and science of palliative care nursing. Including new chapters on advance care planning, organ donation, self-care, global palliative care, and the ethos of palliative nursing, each chapter is rich with tables and figures, case examples for improved learning, and a strong evidence-based practice to support the highest quality of care. The book offers a valuable and practical resource for students and clinicians across all settings of care. Developed with the intention of emphasizing the need to extend palliative care beyond the specialty to be integrated in all settings and by all clinicians caring for the seriously ill, this new edition will continue to serve as the cornerstone of palliative care education. The content is relevant for specialty hospice agencies and palliative care programs, as well as generalist knowledge for schools of nursing, oncology, critical care, and pediatric.

  • • 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

  • • Features several new chapters, including chapters on advance care planning, organ donation, self-care, global palliative care, and the ethos of palliative nursing.

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Score: 94/100
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Specialty Score: 2.13 Nursing - Hospice
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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"This book continues to be the essential reference for palliative nurses. There are a variety of nursing books available to address palliative care, but none are as comprehensive as this one. This is the most comprehensive evidence-based reference in this field."

-- Jeanna Ford, DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC, ACHPN (Presbyterian Healthcare Services) Doody's Review

"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 - previous edition

"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.

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