Facilitating advance care planning in community palliative care: conversation starters across the client journey

May 7, 2013

Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing 2013 19(3) p.132-9

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Date of publication: March 2013

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: This paper describes the development of a tool for palliative care nurses to initiate and facilitate advance care planning (ACP) conversations in community palliative care practice. Seven community palliative care services located across Australia participated in a multi-site action research project. Data included participant observation, individual and focus group interviews with palliative care health professionals, and medical record audit. A directed content analysis used a pre-established palliative care practice framework of referral, admission, ongoing management, and terminal/discharge care. From this framework a Conversation Starter Tool for ACP was developed.The Tool was then used in orientation and continuing nurse education programmes. It provided palliative care nurses the opportunity to introduce and progress ACP conversations.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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Dignified end-of-life care in the patients’ own homes

August 23, 2011

Source: Nursing Ethics, 2011, 18(3) p.374-85

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Date of publication: May 2011

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: This article describes a research project undertaken to illustrate community nurses’ experiences of the factors contributing to a good death in patient’s own homes. Factors identified include autonomy, integrity and safety.  Examples of ways in which care staff can help supply these factors and contribute significantly to a dignified end of life are provided.

Length of publication: 11 pages

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Innovation by example

July 27, 2011

Source: Nursing Standard, 2011, 25 (37) p22 & 23.

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Date of publication: May 2011

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: This article highlights the NHS Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) collection of case studies of nursing initiatives which have significantly improved patient care for patients at the end of their lives.

Length of publication: 2 pages

Acknowledgement: BNI


Training aimed at complex needs

June 24, 2011

Source: Nursing Standard 2011, vol.25(35), p62-3

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Date: May 2011

Publication type: Article

Publication length: 2 pages

In a nutshell: This article describes the work of the charity Demelza in providing family-orientated hospice care for children with life-limiting illnesses and their families in Kent, East Sussex and south east London. The work of nurses in the community palliative teams who provide care for children at home is also highlighted.

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A Community Partnership Approach to Building and Empowering a Palliative Care Resource Nurse Team

February 21, 2011

Source:  Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing 13 (1) p. 31-40

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Date of publication:  January/February 2011

Publication type:  Article

In a nutshell:  This article describes a programme of palliative care nursing curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation which may be adaptable for other institutions who wish to enhance nursing knowledge and delivery of palliative care.

Length of publication:  9 pages


Award-winning nurse who gives patients the best possible journey

February 21, 2011

Source:  Learning Disability Practice, 2010,13(9) p. 6-7

Date of publication: November 2010

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell:  This article is an interview with Dorothy Matthews about her role as the UK’s only Macmillan nurse who specialises in providing terminal care for people with learning disabilities. How her role came about, her career, and her motivation to specialise in terminal care are discussed. She reflects on the challenges of breaking bad news and obtaining consent in end-of-life care planning, and her end-of-life care guide for learning disability carers is highlighted.

Length of publication: 2 pages

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Acknowledgement:  BNI


End-of-life care: a community perspective

February 21, 2011

 Source:  Nursing in Practice, 2010, (57) p46-9

Date of publication: December 2010

Publication type:  Article

In a nutshell:  This article expores the issue of caring for children and adults at the end of life in their own homes from a community nursing perspective and makes recommendations about service provision.

Length of publication:  3 pages

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Acknowledgement:  BNI