Nurses' Degree of Comfort in Caring for Palliative and Hospice Patients: A National Survey

Nurses' Degree of Comfort in Caring for Palliative and Hospice Patients: A National Survey

Identification: MSNJ2121
Issue: November-December 2021
Volume: Vol.30/No. 6
Credits (Post Test and/or Evaluation Required)
Available until 12/31/2023
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Learning Outcome:
After completing this education activity, the learner will be able to discuss how the ability to increase palliative and hospice services in the United States requires comprehensive, standardized education for clinicians.

Contact hours available until 12/31/2023.

Requirements for Successful Completion:
Complete the learning activity in its entirety and complete the online NCPD evaluation.

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The author(s), editor, editorial committee, content reviewers, and education director reported no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this nursing continuing professional development article.

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Accreditation Statement:
This education activity is jointly provided by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. (AJJ) and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN).

Anthony J Jannetti, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider Number CEP 5387.

This article was reviewed and formatted for contact hour credit by Michele Boyd, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, AMSN Education Director.


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Nurses' Degree of Comfort in Caring for Palliative and Hospice Patients: A National Survey

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Rynae Storck
12/20/21 10:57 am

I found this article to be informative. My organization works with a relatively young and healthy population, but this article made me think about the lack of experience in palliative care many of our nurses may have due to the population we work with. It is important that our nursing staff is provided with training and educational opportunities to address potential gaps in knowledge to improve patient care.

Stephen Jaglowitz
1/12/22 7:45 pm

Certainly the experience necessary for palliative and EOL care makes for challenges to the less experienced nurses. Those nurses finding themselves so tasked would benefit from specialized training for increased comfort in the EOL setting. This knowledge should be shared with the expert nurses providing guidance to the less experienced nurses.

AngeLia Stokes
3/9/22 7:19 pm

As a relatively new med surge nurse with less than three years experience at the bedside this article opened up an interest to learn more about palliative care. We have a palliative group at our facility and I find myself engaging in in-depth conversations with them in regards to patient care. This article I found to be very informative and I was able to think about the aspects of pallatib=ve care that I myself struggle with and help to set goals for me to increase voth my knowledge and comfort level while a the bedside.

Karen Brooks
3/22/22 9:36 pm

I enjoy reading the actual magazine in print , reviewing the article online, and the evaluation questions triggered the area of including student nurses more when I precept.

Cheryl Ward
4/3/22 11:09 am

Very informative and I agree that having experience of 5 years in Med/surg makes approaching this subject easier. Not uncommon to have patients 90 years to even over 100 years in the hospital setting. They and their families need understanding of Palliative and Hospice care

Sandra Slonosky
8/22/22 2:07 pm

There are so many more patients coming in with terminal issues. Good article. There is a real need for more education with end of life care.

Darrelene Roell
8/26/22 1:41 am

I have seen in my practice as a nurse that more experienced nurses are more comfortable caring for hospice patients. I agree with the article in that more teaching especially to newer nurses would be helpful and provide better care and understanding

Linda Martin
3/1/23 1:13 pm

There definitely needs to be more education. Our organization takes care of these types of patients both palliative and Hospice. Newer nurses and I would also include older nurses on the unit need the information and training to be able to care for and have the conversations with families members in order to support them. The physician comes in the room and states there is nothing further we can do for your loved one. That puts family in shock and then the nurses are left with ok, what happens next. So, you need to know the stages the patient will go through so you feel confident and can help the family get through this time.

Danielle Joslin
3/15/23 2:45 am

good read. I feel bedside M/S nurses should have some type of "training" on expectations when a pt is passing, how to "listen" to family members and how to speak (specific words) to the dying patient. Many younger nurses are frightened to take care of the dying patient because they "don't know what to say". Great article.