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Compassionate person-centered care for the dying: an evidence-based palliative care guide for nurses

Compassionate person-centered care for the dying: an evidence-based palliative care guide for nurses

Freeman, Bonnie (Bonnie J.), author

"This groundbreaking reference for palliative care nurses is the first to provide realistic and achievable evidence-based methods for incorporating compassionate and humanistic care of the dying into current standards of practice. It builds on the author's research-based CARES Tool, a reference that synthesizes five key elements demonstrated to enable a peaceful death as free from suffering as possible: Comfort, Airway Management, Management of Restlessness and Delirium, Emotional and Spiritual Support, and Self-Care for Nurses. The book describes step-by-step how nurses can easily implement the basic tenets of the CARES Tool into their end-of-life practice. It provides a clearly defined plan that can be individualized for each patient and tailored to specific family needs, and facilitates caring for the dying in the most respectful and humane way possible. The book identifies the most common symptom management needs in dying patients and describes in detail the five components of the CARES paradigm and how to implement them to enable a peaceful death and minimize suffering. It includes palliative care prompts founded on 29 evidence-based recommendations and the National Consensus Project for Palliative Care Clinical Practice Guidelines. The resource also addresses the importance of the nurse to act as a patient advocate, how to achieve compassionate communication with patient and family, and barriers and challenges to compassionate care. Additionally, the book discusses how to translate current research into effective practice, and how to practice self-care. Case studies emphasize the importance of compassionate nursing care of the dying and how it can be effectively achieved. Key Features:* Provides nurses with clear understanding of the most common needs of the dying* Supplies practical, evidence-based applications to facilitate and improve care of the dying* Clarified the current and often complex literature on care of the dying* Includes case studies illustrating the most common needs of dying patients and how these are addressed effectively by the CARES tool* Based on extensive evidence as well as the National Consensus Project for Palliative Care Clinical Practice Guidelines"--Provided by publisher

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Published New York, NY : Springer Publishing Company, LLC 2015
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Statement of responsibility: Bonnie Freeman
ISBN: 0826122485, 082612822X, 9780826122476, 9780826122483, 9780826128225
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Print version record.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (275 pages)
Subject: Palliative Care methods.; Palliative treatment.; Patient-Centered Care.; Evidence-Based Nursing methods.; Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing.; MEDICAL Diseases.; HEALTH & FITNESS Diseases General.; MEDICAL Clinical Medicine.; MEDICAL Internal Medicine.; MEDICAL Evidence-Based Medicine.; Terminal Care methods.; Terminal care.; Evidence-based nursing.
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  1. Introduction to the CARES tool
  2. History of caring for the dying
  3. Goals and objectives when caring for the dying
  4. Establishing care of the dying as an acute event
  5. Identifying most common symptom management needs of the dying
  6. CARES tool: organization and considerations
  7. Comfort
  8. Airway
  9. Restlessness and delirium
  10. Emotional and spiritual care
  11. Self-care
  12. Foundational nursing theories
  13. Importance of advocacy
  14. Achieving compassionate communication
  15. Promoting a peaceful death
  16. Case studies
  17. Changing a culture
  18. Translating current literature into evidence-based practice: the role of the DNP
  19. A nursing model for care of the dying
  20. Versions and influence of the CARES tool
  21. Preserving hope
  22. Knowledge translation for effecting practice change / Margaret Fitch
  23. Leading change : stories and perspectives / Tracey Das Gupta
  24. Summary of Steven's peaceful death
  25. Recommended learning resources for care of the dying.