End of Life Resource Center

4 Steps to Managing the Grieving Process

The grieving process is something that everyone will experience in their life, and nurses probably will experience it more often than most. By following these four steps, the grieving process can be managed and overcome healthily and efficiently. Accepting the reality of the loss…

7 Comfort Tips for Lay Caregivers

Lay caregivers are alone most of the time with their patient. It is vital that the caregiver is confident and competent with comfort strategies. Here are seven comforting tips for an end-of-life situation that lay caregivers should be taught and understood before taking on…

Opinion: Hospice Care Versus Physician-Assisted Suicide

Hospice care is not about killing patients. Physician-assisted suicide is about killing patients. Hospice care is defined as a program for individuals diagnosed by 2 physicians, with 6 months or less to live, should the disease run its current course.1 Hospice care gives support to that individual with a focus…

End-of-Life Care

Approaching the end-of-life can be daunting. As America’s population ages, more and more people are faced with care decisions for themselves and their loved ones. Anne Elizabeth Denny explained, “It’s important for all of us to prepare for these future healthcare decisions.” Denny, an…

End-of-Life Simulation Lessons

According to the Current Populations Reports, issued in 2014, the aging population will double between the years of 2012 and 2050. As of 2012, it was estimated at 43.1 million people; by 2050 that is expected to grow to be 83.7 million 12. The number…

No Patient Should Die Alone – References

This article appeared Nov. 19 in the online edition of ADVANCE. 1. National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (2013). NHPCO’s facts and figures: Hospice care in America. (2013ed), 1-18. 2. About.com website (n.d.). Hospice facts and stats. Retrieved from http://assistedliving.about.com/od/Hospice/a/Hospice-Facts-And-Stats.htm 3. Holistic Health Care. (n.d.). Mosby’s…

No Patient Should Die Alone

Hospice is considered the model for compassionate care for people facing life-limiting illnesses in the U.S., providing patients and their families with medical and nursing care focused on pain and symptom management, as well as emotional and spiritual support. The National Hospice and Palliative…

Cultural Implications at the End of Life

Culture is defined as a way of life for a group of people and has many facets, including language and communication style, time and spatial relations, food, social habits and behaviors, traditions and religion. Other factors influencing one’s culture include age, gender, sexual orientation,…

Holistic Nursing at End of Life

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2006, approximately 2,426,264 U.S. residents died.1 Among them, it is estimated 903,953 (about 37 percent) were pronounced dead at an inpatient hospital or within another medical setting.2   But if it is estimated that nearly…

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