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Communication in Palliative Nursing 

Communication in Palliative Nursing
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Communication in Palliative Nursing
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Constance M. Dahlin

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190201708.003.0008
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date: 27 January 2020

Nursing science is grounded in the principles of protecting, promoting, maintaining, and optimizing a patient’s health and function; alleviating suffering; and tending to the actual or potential response to illness. The art of nursing lies in compassionate care. The nurse assists the palliative patient as he or she responds to the diagnosis of a serious illness, manages treatment, and begins to psychologically cope. Communication is the fundamental element to all aspects of palliative nursing: development of the nurse-patient-family relationship; review of patient preferences of care; assessment of physical, psychological, and psychosocial symptoms; and implementation of care plans. Since palliative care is by definition interdisciplinary, nurses work within multidimensional teams. Given their constant and therapeutic presence with the patient, nurses have an essential role on the interdisciplinary team and assure quality care through collaboration and consistent communication.

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