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End-of-life education in the pre-registration nursing curriculum: Patient, carer, nurse and student perspectives

Cavaye, Joyce and Watts, Jacqueline H. (2012). End-of-life education in the pre-registration nursing curriculum: Patient, carer, nurse and student perspectives. Journal of Research in Nursing, 17(4) pp. 317–326.

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Providing good quality care for dying patients has been highlighted as a national priority in the UK. The Department of Health's end-of-life (EOL) care strategy outlines how patients should be cared for to ensure that they experience a 'good death'. Nurses have an important role to play in the delivery of EOL care and need to be knowledgeable about the palliation of symptoms and the social context of death and dying. Traditionally, the pre-registration nursing curriculum has had a limited emphasis on EOL care. While there have been significant developments in nurse education in the last decade, the amount of EOL content in nurse education remains inadequate. Drawing on literature mainly from the UK and USA, this review explores from the perspectives of students, newly qualified nurses, patients and carers the outcomes of EOL education. It reviews the evidence to determine whether newly qualified nurses are adequately prepared to deliver quality care to patients at the end of their lives. The evidence suggests that despite a greater emphasis on EOL care in nurse training, adequately preparing nurses remains a challenge to educators.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 The Authors
ISSN: 1744-9871
Keywords: end-of-life care; nurse education; nurse perspectives; patient and carers' views
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 22975
Depositing User: Jacqueline H. Watts
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2010 13:43
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 17:26
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