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Acting on dilemmas in palliative care

VOL: 97, ISSUE: 49, PAGE NO: 37Mezzi Franklin, RN, SCM, DN, is a Macmillan clinical nurse specialist, North Devon District Hospital, BarnstapleCaring for a dying patient can give nurses a real sense of fulfilment if they feel they have helped to achieve a dignified death and comforted the family. But too often this does not happen because the pressures of work limit the time that nurses can spend at the patient's side (Dunne and Sullivan, 2000).

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