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The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in the Palliative Care Clinic 

The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in the Palliative Care Clinic

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The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in the Palliative Care Clinic
Author(s):

Lisa A. Stephens

and Amelia Cullinan

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190204747.003.0013
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date: 26 March 2017

This chapter discusses the role of the advanced practice registered nurse in providing symptom management, psychosocial support, and collaborative decision-making support across the cancer disease trajectory. It describes communication, assessment and management of symptoms, psychosocial and spiritual support, and coordination of care as integral skills that the nurse brings to the care of palliative care patients in the clinic. It details outpatient palliative care clinic models and the APRN role within each model, funding, scheduling, as well as the roles of other team members. It also reviews the evidence for the nurse’s role in enhancing patient satisfaction and reducing healthcare utilization. It describes the longitudinal support of the palliative APRN rse in fostering resilience in patients, family members, and other members of the healthcare team. Finally, it describes the necessity of care coordination to promote quality care.

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