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7 Posts in Palliative Care

You Have the Power to Improve the Quality and Cost of U.S. Healthcare!

7 minute read

Ensuring that your institution or clinical setting provides primary palliative care is one of the most powerful ways you can improve the quality and cost of U.S. healthcare.  However, most health care professionals have not been trained to provide this type of care, and they cannot practice what they do not know. Since nurses are the largest group of healthcare professionals, and the ones who...

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Understanding Palliative Care: Who Needs to be Trained?

2 minute read

Answer: All health care institutions should ensure their nurses are educated in primary palliative care!

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Advance Care Planning

3 minute read

Mr. Bill, is a vibrant 85 year-old who loves his family, his yard, an end-of-day beverage, and his independence. A proud survivor of the great depression and WWII, he can grow anything, build anything, fix anything. Mr. Bill has a living will and strong opinions on “not being kept alive by machines.” When Mr. Bill suffers a catastrophic event, his living will provides clear direction for his...

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Understanding Hospice

7 minute read

Rebecca's Story: Rebecca lived alone in a small cabin, tucked away in a remote mountain-top range, sharing her home for over 50 years with her husband until he died. She spent her days tending to her garden and cooking, resting when she got overtired from caring for her home and herself. She had no children, and her nearest neighbor checked on her once a week and took her to church.

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All Nurses Need to Practice Primary Palliative Nursing!

13 minute read

Do you incorporate palliative care into your clinical practice? Can you help optimize the quality of life for those you care for?

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Managing Symptoms in Palliative Care

5 minute read

Meet Marvin. Marvin is a 68-year-old retired welder who lives with his wife in their home by the ocean. He suffers from occupational emphysema, a breathing disorder, and lives most of his life in his air-conditioned living room in a recliner, watching TV. Marvin tries to avoid going outside, as the moist, warm air often exacerbates his respiratory symptoms. He develops severe shortness of...

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Making the Decision to Obtain Inpatient Care for Elderly Loved Ones

6 minute read

Many associate senior care with living in nursing homes and other long-term facilities. Approximately 1.4 million residents live in nursing homes, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, palliative care and hospice make up two other aspects of senior care. Per the CDC, 1.3 million people received hospice care in 2013, the most recent year for which data are...

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