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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Mary J. Isaacson
Introduction: Nurse discomfort providing palliative and end of life (PEOL) care may negatively affect patients with PEOL needs. Deficient PEOL communication skills and limited understanding of symptom management are a distress among nurses. The End-of- Life Nursing Education Consortium Core (ELNEC) curriculum may help ease nurses’ challenges providing effective PEOL communication and symptom management. Evidence Summary: A literature review was completed with the following databases searched: CINAHL, CINAHL with Ebscohost, PubMed, Wiley, and Journals@Ovid. Twenty-nine articles were chosen for review.
Gaps: There was a dearth of studies on nurses providing PEOL care in rural areas. Continuing education for nurses specific to PEOL care is not routinely discussed. Recommendations for Practice: ELNEC curriculum is well supported for enhancing nurse knowledge in PEOL care. Rural hospitals should include PEOL education among nurses to improve their comfort in PEOL care and awareness, and impact collaboration among nurses and the healthcare team. The Comfort with Communication in Palliative and End of Life Care (C-COPE) evaluates nurse comfort in communication with PEOL care and may guide educational curriculum selection. Use of the Palliative Performance Scale Version 2 (PPSv2) can provide guidance for palliative or hospice referrals among the healthcare team.
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© 2022 Amanda Goblish
Goblish, Amanda, "Impacting Nurse Comfort and Patient Care through Focused Education in Palliative and End of Life Care Symptom Management and Communication" (2022). Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Practice Innovation Projects. 179.