Current Issue

Spring 2014 Vol 4 Issue 1

End of Life Journal is free, online, peer-reviewed, quarterly journal that publishes articles on all aspects of nursing practice relating to end-of-life care. 

It is primarily aimed at generalist nurses working in hospital, community and care home settings. However, many articles will also be of interest to the specialist palliative care nursing audience as well as members of the wider multidisciplinary team. 

The journal focuses on care for patients with both malignant and non-malignant disease and their family and friends.

End of life journal ISSN 2047-6361 (online)

Nursing assignments on end-of-life care

End of Life Journal is keen to support the publication of nursing assignments and help first-time nurse authors throughout the whole publishing process.

If you have written an assignment on any aspect of end-of-life care and are interested in getting it published, then please email it to the Editor, Helen Scott, at who will be happy to assess whether she thinks we could adapt your assignment into an article. 

In this issue

Clinical practice development

Eating/feeding issues in dementia: improving the dining experience

Published: 2014 Vol: 4 No: 1
Louisa Stone
People with dementia can have problems eating/feeding, which puts them at risk of malnutrition. There are various reasons why people with dementia find eating and/or feeding problematic, including difficulty co-ordinating movements in order to get food into their mouths, difficulty maintaining attention on eating, dysphagia, level of cognitive and physical impairment, resistance to care,...
Nursing case review

Holistic assessment of a woman admitted to a hospice with anxiety

Published: 2014 Vol: 4 No: 1
Rebecca Newman
Many people with a terminal diagnosis experience anxiety and require emotional support. Anxiety is characterised by various symptoms, including apprehension, worry, difficulty in concentrating, irritability, panic, fear and restlessness. For some people, the anxiety becomes excessive and persistent and has a significant impact on their quality of life. In advanced disease, symptoms of anxiety can...
Legal discussions

Legal aspects of end-of-life care in severe anorexia nervosa

Published: 2014 Vol: 4 No: 1
Dr Martin Curtice, Dr Rhiannon Kihara
Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness. Its management can be complicated as people with the condition can resist efforts to enable them to eat and drink. Ethical, medico-legal and psychological issues need careful exploration when considering compulsory treatment. This article summarises the judgment from the High Court case of a 32-year-old woman, ‘E’, with...
Professional issues

The emotional labour of caring for patients at the end of life

Published: 2014 Vol: 4 No: 1
Deborah Holman
Nurses’ emotional commitment to their patients contributes to the quality and excellence of nursing care and enhances the nurse–patient relationship. Nurses are expected to manage their emotions in order to present a professional demeanour and maintain professional boundaries, while at the same time provide genuine caring behaviour to their patients. However, if not adequately educated and...
Personal reflections

Barriers to effective end-of-life nursing care out-of-hours

Published: 2014 Vol: 4 No: 1
Nicola Hillman
The End of Life Care Strategy recommended that terminally ill patients living at home must have access to community out-of-hours end-of-life care services. The Strategy particularly emphasised that rapid-response community nursing services should be made available in all areas, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The lack of end-of-life care out-of-hours services can lead to terminally ill and dying...

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