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Palliative care in nursing and healthcare

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’This book is aimed at student nurses and student allied health professionals’

Title: Palliative care in nursing and healthcare

Author: Michelle Brown

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd

Reviewer: Helen Reeves

What was it like?

Palliative care in nursing and healthcare is aimed at student practitioners to help them prepare for the challenge for caring for patients nearing the end of their lives. The book is based on the latest evidence and aims to help support practitioners with the emotional challenges they may face.

What were the highlights?

Palliative care in nursing and healthcare is an easy to read book that introduces the principles and practices of palliative care. It is well laid out and covers a good range of subject matter relating to palliative care. I like how the book looks at where we’ve come from, where we are and where we’re going with regards to palliative care. I particularly like the end chapter ”support for the practitioner”. Being involved with death and dying can take it’s toll of professionals and therefore it is important we remember to focus on ourselves and how we cope and are compassionate to ourselves as well as others. This chapter is really important when looking at how health professionals deal with burn out within their working lives.

Strengths & weaknesses:

I like the easy to follow format of the book and the use of case studies throughout. This helps the reader to engage in each chapter and helps to ensure that they understand the information in each chapter. The reflection points throughout the chapters also ensure that gives the reader time to think about what they have read. Each chapter also provides the reader with further recommended reading should they want to read further around the subject.

Who should read it?

This book is aimed at student nurses and student allied health professionals. While a good introductory book to palliative care for students I feel that due to its easy to use and read format this book would be well placed for any health professional wanting to increase or refresh their knowledge on the topic of palliative care.

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