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The Role of the Pediatric Palliative Advanced Practice Registered Nurse 

The Role of the Pediatric Palliative Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
The Role of the Pediatric Palliative Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Cheryl Ann Thaxton

and Leiann Neubauer

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date: 24 January 2022

Pediatric palliative care is a rapidly growing subspecialty. Many tertiary care centers have expanded to include initiatives that support the development of palliative care programs for infants and children. The advanced practice registered nurse’s role in providing palliative care to this population has changed. More attention is being focused on integrating pediatric palliative care measures during the early stages for patients receiving aggressive therapies for illnesses such as cancer. Current trends in making the transition from pediatric to adult chronic illnesses have called for advanced practice nursing skills that reflect the differing needs of these patients. Trajectories of illness, clinical models of care delivery, funding mechanisms, research paradigms, educational initiatives, communication strategies, ethical concerns, staffing ratios and management, and effective pain/symptom management are all significantly different in children than in adults.

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