Palliative Care Nursing; a Time to Care
Palliative care aims to provide the best quality of life possible for a terminally ill patient and their family, including keeping the patient free from pain as far as is possible. It responds to physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs and extends to support in bereavement.
It relates to the treatment of patients who are not expected to recover from their condition. For those of us who will die as a result of a long illness, palliation is the system of care in place to help make the final chapter of life less difficult and painful than it otherwise might be.
Whilst palliative care is aimed primarily at cancer patients, patients with motor neuron disease, multiple sclerosis and HIV may be encountered in hospices. Patients with these diseases, however, remain a small minority of the total.
So if you feel you’d like to help people live comfortably in their final days, this may be the nursing specialty for you.
Palliative Care Nursing treats patients with complex medical needs, requiring holistic care also. It’s an excellent career choice for compassionate Nurses with a keen interest in Medical based Nursing.
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