Fast Facts for the Hospice Nurse: A Concise Guide to End-of-Life Care

Author: Patricia Moyle Wright, PhD, CRNP, CNS, CHPN, CNE
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Date Published: 2017
Pages: 167 plus appendix and index
Cover Type: Soft Cover
Expiration Date: 12/31/2022

Pilot Nurse Comments

  • "The textbook provided much-needed information as well as 'pearls' to take away."
  • "What a great little book! It’s so user-friendly."
  • "The textbook was clear and straightforward."
  • "Although I am a critical care nurse, I gained a lot of insight from the course."
  • "This text was an excellent resource and had well-organized content."
  • "The textbook was very user-friendly. Easy to read. Great information presented."
  • "Great course. I would recommend it to all nurses even if they are not specializing in the hospice field."
  • "I did not have any questions or comments because I would not change anything! I thought the book and test were great."
  • "Quick read, concise."
  • "Appreciate the contact information for organizations and other resources."
  • "I’m glad you included a discussion about lateral (horizontal) violence and workplace bullying. I have seen this in many nursing situations, but I personally did not experience or observe bullying in my hospice work. That may be why hospice work for me was the most satisfying."
  • "Found the book informative. Liked the 'in a nutshell' concept."
  • "I work with many cancer patients and children with brain tumors. The self-care sections of the book are excellent."

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.

A handy reference for hospice nurses and those interested in end-of-life care, this practical guide covers the essential elements in the compassionate and holistic care of terminally ill patients and their families. Nurses care for patients facing end-of-life issues in every practice specialty and, as the U.S. population continues to age, the need for proficiency in end-of-life skills will become increasingly important. Fast Facts for the Hospice Nurse: A Concise Guide to End-of-Life Care provides emotional, administrative, and palliative support, whether in a hospice, long-term care facility, or acute care setting. This text clearly and concisely lays out not only how to care for patients facing end-of-life issues, but also how to engage in self-care and cope with occupational stress.

Beginning with an overview of hospice care, including its history and philosophy, this book offers a timeline of the growth of the hospice movement in the United States. Subsequent sections include up-to-date information on the clinical responsibilities of the hospice nurse in addressing the physical, psychological, and spiritual needs of terminally ill patients and their families in a culturally sensitive way. This book also outlines the administrative duties of the hospice nurse, including hospice documentation, a review of hospice regulations, and quality management. The closing section focuses on occupational stress in hospice nursing and how to engage in self-care. This text can serve as a useful clinical resource and also as a reference for nurses seeking hospice certification from the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center.

Key Features

  • Organized within the context of the scope and standards of practice of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.
  • Addresses key points about issues unique to hospice nursing and highlights evidence-based interventions
  • Addresses important Medicare regulations and reimbursement
  • Offers numerous clinical resources to assist with hospice nursing practice

Table of Contents

Part I Overview of Hospice

The Difference Between Hospice and Palliative Care •  History and Evolution of Hospice in the United States • Hospice Philosophy and the Role of the Nurse • The Hospice Nurse as a Member of the Interdisciplinary Team

Part II The Nuts and Bolts of Hospice Nursing

Establishing Goals of Care • Establishing Hospice Eligibility • Hospice Basics: Admission and Ongoing Care • Levels of Care

Part III End-of-Life Care for Patients and Families

Recognizing Existential Suffering and Spiritual Needs and Providing Appropriate Support • Nursing Considerations for Cultural Variations at the End of Life • Assessing and Responding to Physical Changes and Symptoms at the End of Life • Supporting Family Members and Caregivers • Understanding Grief and Bereavement

Part IV Ensuring Quality Care in Hospice

Defining Quality in Hospice • Monitoring Quality • Ensuring Compliance With Hospice Regulations • Electronic Documentation in Hospice

Part V Occupational Stress in Hospice Nursing

Sources of Occupational Stress • Consequences of Occupational Stress • Addressing Occupational Stress • Self-Care 101

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