Tag: hospice

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…

The Next Generation Of Hospice Nurses

Hospice nursing is a delicate balance of specialized clinical care focused on relieving pain, treating symptoms of advanced disease, and providing compassion and communication during one of the most challenging times in a person’s life. It’s not a surprise, then, that finding nurses with…

Not a Simple Hospice Case

Hospice nursing presents specific challenges which require a multidiscipline approach to care. Healthcare professionals can feel uncomfortable discussing hospice care and the needs of the patient at end of life. Studies have shown that those physicians who discuss hospice alternatives with their patients have…

Communication Strategies in Hospice

Long-term care residents with a progressive disease are likely to require many encounters with the healthcare system. Throughout the course of their disease, they require additional information and support while their health status changes. NPs and PAs working in these facilities, the “constant” in…

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…

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