End of Life Resource Center

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,…

Medication Safety in Hospice

Medication errors are costly and dangerous in any setting. A recent position statement by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) highlighted the particular dangers of not following safety protocols in the hospice environment. Per HPNA guidelines, providers need to exercise due diligence in…

Understanding Hospice Nursing

As a nurse it can be disheartening when lay persons do not understand the scope of your nursing role and responsibilities. It can be devastating when your peers do not understand your role and responsibilities as a nurse in a given field. All of…

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…

Holistic Nursing at End of Life

This article appeared in the Nov. 30 online edition of ADVANCE. 1. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010). Mortality data. CDC/National Center for Health Statistics. Retrieved April 30, 2010 from http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/deaths.htm. 2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2006). Mortality Data. Retrieved on April…

Nurse Helps War Vet Live Last Wish

Kim Merrittt, RN, a staff nurse in the progressive care unit at Beaufort (SC) Memorial Hospital, has received a Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national tribute reserved for nurses who go “above and beyond” the call of duty. Merritt earned the award for helping fulfill the wish of…

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