Title: Palliative Care and End of Care in Nursing
Authors: Jane Nicol and Brian Nyatanga
Publisher: SAGE Publishing
Reviewer: Marie Stevens
What was it like?
This is an excellent read for nurses who care for patients at the palliative stage of their illness and those who are at the end of their life. It is not a book for nurses who need information on prescribing anticipatory medication or complex management. However, it does give a breath of fresh air to provide care for patients in a holistic way. The book is divided into eight chapters. The first chapter talks about pallitive care and achieving a multidisciplinary approach. The next chapters consentrate on holistic assessment and planning. These chapters are useful when planing care an adaption to the traditional nursing process. The author gives examples of how these can written. However, nurses may find thet can adapt these for any patient especially in care homes. There is also detailed view of the Pepsicola and combined with patient care. I would strongly reccomend chapter three, which deals with those difficult converstions and ways to approach this and the barriers. The book not only see this from a patient’s view but also from significant others and bereavement care.
It does not neglect the culture aspects and after reading this chaper it can make you think do I do enough for cultures? Especially with the UK being a multiculture society. However, the chapter is brief and you may want further reading.
The later chapters focus on the legal and ethical side and although aimed at end of life it it usefull for a refresher. It talks about withdrawing tratment advanced directives ect, however it iss obvious that the book cannot cover all these issues but the chapter is a good baseline and opportunities for further reading.
What were the highlights?
There are real case scenarios and chances for refection and critical thinking. This is usefull to put into practice for upcoming revalidation. Most of all it does make the reader think “Am I actually providing this patient good death?” and “What can I do in the future?”.
Strengths & weaknesses:
I honestly could not find any weakness within this book. It is reader friendly, also a good guide to keep at work so nurses can dip in and out for the resourses. Each chapter has further reading for further development.
Who should read this?
Originally it is aimed at student nurses but it useful for all nurses in hospice care home setting or newly qualified nurses. It makes a good resourse for mentors to ensure that students are meeting the proficiency as the NMC clusters are highlighted.