Hospice and Palliative Nurse

Hospice and Palliative Nurse

Sponsored by the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association

Welcome

A Hospice Nurse cares for patients at the end of their lives. Their main responsibility is to help people live as comfortably and independently as possible and with the least amount of pain, in their final days. One of the largest parts of being a Hospice Nurse involves helping patients, and their families, feel more comfortable about death and providing them with the emotional support they need.

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A Hospice Nurse cares for patients at the end of their lives. Their main responsibility is to help people live as comfortably and independently as possible and with the least amount of pain, in their final days. One of the largest parts of being a Hospice Nurse involves helping patients, and their families, feel more comfortable about death and providing them with the emotional support they need.

CONTACT
One Penn Center West Suite 425
Pittsburgh, PA 15276
Phone: 412.787.9301
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  • Knowledge of palliative care decreases futile, aggressive end-of-life care

    Posted Apr 7, 2015 by James Bone

    Study shows positive impact of patients' quality of life

    AURORA, Colo. (April. 8, 2015) - A new, large national study - in partnership with researchers from Brown University and co-investigator Sarah Thompson of the University of Colorado College of Nursing Anschutz Medical Campus - shows a positive relationship between the knowledge of palliative care by nursing direc...

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    Study shows positive impact of patients’ quality of life

    AURORA, Colo. (April. 8, 2015) – A new, large national study - in partnership with researchers from Brown University and co-investigator Sarah Thompson of the University of Colorado College of Nursing Anschutz Medical Campus - shows a positive relationship between the knowledge of palliative care by nursing directors and quality of end of life care.

    “With the American population growing older and living longer, many with chronic illnesses, the role of nurses and continued education in palliative care will continue to be a key contributor to improve quality of life and patient outcomes,” said Sarah Thompson, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor at CU College of Nursing.

    Research published in March 2015 edition of the Journal of Palliative Medicine found that the greater a director of nursing’s knowledge of palliative care the lower the likelihood that nursing home patients will experience futile, aggressive end-of-life care. The study documented residents at nursing homes with higher palliative care knowledge scores showed a higher likelihood of documented six-month prognoses and lower likelihoods of having feeding tubes, injections, restraints, suctioning, and end-of-life hospital and ER use.

    “The study shows that training in palliative care – both in terms of knowledge and practice application – leads to better health outcomes or treatments that are consistent with best practice,” said Dean Thompson. “It also identifies that currently nursing homes tend to have less educated staff – and this study provides evidence that education and training makes a difference.”

    The study worked with colleagues to survey nursing directors at more than 1,900 nursing homes around the country between July 2009 and June 2010 to assess their knowledge of palliative care and their facility’s implementation of key palliative care practices. The study is the first nationally representative sample of palliative care familiarity at nursing homes.

    In addition to Thompson, the paper’s other authors are lead author Susan C. Miller, professor, and Julie Lima, manager of data acquisition and senior programmer analyst, both at the Brown University School of Public Health.

    About the College of Nursing at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus: Founded in 1898, the CU College of Nursing offers bachelor's, master’s and doctoral (DNP and PHD) programs to more than 900 students in two locations and online. Our master’s programs and online graduate programs are ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report. New programs include a certificate in palliative care, and a DNP/MPH interdisciplinary dual degree and new master’s specialties in acute care and military and veterans’ health. Learn more about the college at www.nursing.ucdenver.edu.

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  • NAHC 2015 Annual Meeting & Exposition

    Posted Mar 22, 2015 by Adam Burkhart

    National Association for Home Care & Hospice
    October 28 - 30, 2015
    Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
    Nashville, Tennessee

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