Nursing students, do you worry about handling patients close to death? Nursing Care at the End of Life will equip you with the information and management skills you need to tackle the difficult, and inevitable, situations nurses face. Both students and practicing nurses can benefit from the book’s guidance.
Nurses face the reality of death just about every single day. Some will know how to handle it instinctively, but most will not. Therefore, instruction on caring for dying patients is crucial for nursing students, and Nursing Care at the End of Life is essential reading. This book is great for preparing students before they head to the hospitals. It’s also great for nursing professionals who need a bit more guidance and support when it comes to death.
Nursing Care at the End of Life breaks up into three simple parts: Part I: Anticipation, Part II: In the Moment, and Part III: Afterwards. Part one gives historical and medical background. First, it talks about the history of end-of-life nursing care. Then, it provides examples of the most common illnesses that could lead to death. The chapter also introduces some basic concepts about end-of-life care, as well as different models to follow and initial conversations to have.
Part two of Nursing Care at the End of Life addresses how to deal with death more specifically. For example, readers will learn how to help manage physical and emotional symptoms. They’ll also learn about caring for spiritual patients and the ethical practices that accompany end-of-life care. Most importantly, the book goes over the nurse-patient-family communication. Finally, part three deals with grief and bereavement, as well as how different cultures handle death.
About the Author of Nursing Care at the End of Life
Dr. Susan Lowey has primarily worked as a hospice nurse, where she has provided clinical care for dying patients and their loved ones. She also teaches community health nursing and nursing research at SUNY Brockport. She holds a Ph.D. in health practice research from the University of Rochester and earned the Claire M. Fagin Fellowship for her work. Lowey’s research focuses on improving health care at the end of life, specifically managing symptoms.