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Nursing and palliative care 

Nursing and palliative care
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Nursing and palliative care
Author(s):

Deborah Witt Sherman

and David C. Free

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199656097.003.0043
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date: 07 May 2021

Nurses, who are educated in palliative care nursing, facilitate the caring process through a combination of science, presence, openness, compassion, mindful attention to detail, and teamwork. As members of the interdisciplinary palliative care team, nurses bring specialized competence and expertise gained through education, credentialing, and experience. With close to 19.4 million nurses globally, nurses have a tremendous potential to reform health care and ensure quality care for seriously ill patients and their families. Through the integration of empirical, aesthetic, personal, and ethical knowledge at the generalist or advance practice levels, nurses reshape societal perspectives regarding illness, dying, and death. By virtue of their numbers, experience, education, time spent at the bedside, and insight into the lived experiences of patients and families, nurses have the potential to play a prominent role in as public health advocates for palliative care at the local, national, and global level.

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