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Patient- and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and treating suffering throughout the continuum of illness or injury, through the provision of holistic person-centered care (physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and...read more
“I know my patient needs palliative care, but what do I do next?” I’ve heard this question countless times from nurses who were frustrated and morally distressed about their inability to provide appropriate palliative care for their patients. As a nurse, this moral...read more
Over the years of working as a nurse and as an advocate for my own family and friends, I’ve learned that conversations are critical. Conversations with loved ones. Conversations between loved ones. Conversations with those on the healthcare team: doctors, nurses,...read more
We often complain about the poor communication and coordination in healthcare. We acknowledge the impact this can have on our patients. However, we rarely consider the consequences of poor coordination and communication for the grieving family after the patient has...read more
If you had a serious, life-threatening health problem, what would you hope for? Defining Hope is a film that provides answers to that question, from people living this experience, and the nurses caring for them. This film explores what is most important in life,...read more