End of Life Journal Archives

Content tagged with Death and dying

Nursing assessment of anxiety and mood disturbance in a palliative patient

Sarah Combes

Anxiety can be described as a feeling of worry or apprehension about uncertain future events; it is a normal sensation that everyone experiences at times (Stevenson 2010). Feeling anxious can be beneficial as it stimulates the fight or flight response, and helps us adapt to minor stressors such as sitting... Read full article

Death and Dying in Intensive Care: Emotional Labour of Nurses

Lucy Ryan, Jane Seymour

Intensive care unit (ICU) nursing is associated with emotional labour. ICU nurses regularly care for dying patients. End-of-life care (EoLC) can be a major cause of stress in ICU, particularly in relation to the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment, managing the transition from curative care to EoLC and dealing with the... Read full article

Encouraging/Supporting Dying Parents to Talk to Their Children

Steve Marshall, Julia Manning, Sally Mercer

Communicating with children about the anticipated death of a parent can be very challenging, even for experienced palliative care professionals. It can be particularly difficult for dying parents to discuss the fact that they are dying with their children. Consequently, they may adopt an overly positive stance in order to... Read full article

Implementing stock end-of-life medication in UK nursing homes

Kathy Morris, Jo Hockley

Background In nursing care homes (NCHs), the use of end-of-life care (EoLC) medication has traditionally been requested and prescribed on an individual basis during each resident’s last days of life. However, some GPs are reluctant to prescribe EoLC medication in anticipation of symptoms occurring if, at the time of their... Read full article

Understanding Nurse And Patient Perceptions Of A ‘Good Death’

Miranda Paddy

The generally accepted principles of a good death among Western health and social care professionals include that the patient is: pain and symptom free; treated as an individual and with dignity and respect; involved in decision-making; prepared for and accepts the imminence of death; surrounded by loved ones in familiar... Read full article

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