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Palliative Care Nursing: Caring for Suffering Patients

Author: Kathleen Ouimet Perrin, PhD, RN, CCRN, et al.
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
Date Published: 2012
Pages: 346 plus index
Cover Type: Soft Cover
Expiration Date: 12/31/2018

This program is pre-approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) to provide continuing education credit to Certified Case Managers (CCMs).

CCRNs: This course is eligible for new synergy model Category B.

The original course expiration date was 12/2016; content was reviewed and expiration date extended to 12/31/2018

Palliative Care Nursing: Caring for Suffering Patients explores the concept of suffering as it relates to nursing practice. It helps practicing nurses and students define and recognize various aspects of suffering across the life span and within various patient populations while providing guidance in alleviating suffering. In addition, it examines spiritual and ethical perspectives on suffering and discusses how witnessing suffering impacts nurses' ability to assume the professional role. Further, the authors discuss ways nurses as witnesses to suffering can optimize their own coping skills and facilitate personal growth. Rich in case studies, pictures, and reflections on nursing practice and life experiences, Palliative Care Nursing delves into key topics such as how to identify when a patient is suffering, whether they are coping, what to do to ease suffering and how to assist nurses to cope with their own feelings.

The text goes beyond caring for the dying. The suffering of family members and family caregivers is also addressed and an expansive array of interventions offered for the professional nurse and nursing student.

Comment by a pilot nurse: "This is an excellent introduction to palliative care nursing ... The concepts apply to every type of nursing practice. This is the essence of nursing — to ease the burden and suffering of those we care for."


  • The Nature of Suffering and Palliative Care
  • Suffering in Special Populations
  • Grieving and Suffering
  • Ethical Responsibilities and Issues
  • Suffering and Palliative Care at the End of Life
  • Acute and Chronic Pain as Sources of Suffering
  • Spirituality and Suffering
  • The Search for Meaning in Suffering
  • The Nurse as Witness to Suffering
  • The Role of Healing and Holistic Nursing in Palliation of Suffering
  • Conveying Comfort
  • Inspiring Hope

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