Current Issue

Summer 2014 Vol 4 Issue 2

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 skills

Oral hygiene in dying patients with diminished consciousness

Published: 2014 Vol: 4 No: 2
Susan Martin
Xerostomia (subjective sensation of oral dryness) and stomatitis (sore mouth) are common in patients with terminal disease and have considerable impact on patients’ wellbeing. Patients with diminished consciousness may still be aware of oral discomfort such as a dry mouth. Therefore, good oral hygiene is an important nursing role when caring for terminally ill and dying patients. However, in...
Nursing case review

Care of breathlessness in a hospice patient with advanced lung cancer

Published: 2014 Vol: 4 No: 2
Gemma Hodge
Lung cancer has a high symptom burden, leading to poor physical and psychosocial functioning and reduced quality of life. Dyspnoea (breathlessness) is one of the most common symptoms experienced in the advanced stages of lung cancer. It is the subjective sensation of breathing discomfort and can be a continuous symptom and/or with breakthrough episodes (episodic breathlessness). Dyspnoea tends to...

Knowledge and skills needed by informal carers to look after terminally ill patients at home

Published: 2014 Vol: 4 No: 2
Josaleen Connolly, Dr Stuart Milligan
Background: The majority of terminally ill people wish to remain, and be cared for, at home by family members with the support of the community care team. However, informal carers tend to feel unprepared for the caring role, are often elderly, have varying levels of support and suffer stress and anxiety as a result of the role. Aim and objectives: The aim of this study was to explore the lived...
Clinical skills

Communication vignettes: 'I don't think I can cope, nurse'

Published: 2014 Vol: 4 No: 2
Helen Scott
Dementia is a progressive, life-limiting disease (Jolley, 2010; National End of Life Care Intelligence Network, 2010; Hennings et al, 2013). Over time, people with the condition can decline, both cognitively and functionally (Schneider et al, 1999; DeKosky and Orgogozo, 2001; Tor ti et al, 2004; Hennings et al, 2013). The progression of symptoms is unique for each person, but generally people...
Professional issues

Role of acute oncology in the transition to palliative care

Published: 2014 Vol: 4 No: 2
Claire S Nunn
Patients with cancer may attend hospital emergency departments as a result of complications of their disease process and treatment, e.g. sepsis, hypercalcaemia or nausea and vomiting. In addition, patients with undiagnosed cancer can also present at emergency departments when they become symptomatic. The acute care culture within hospitals means that patients with cancer who are approaching the...

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