The nurse advocate in end-of-life care

Kathy Hebert, Harold Moore, Joan Rooney

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Abstract

End-of-life nursing encompasses many aspects of care: pain and symptom management, culturally sensitive practices, assisting patients and their families through the death and dying process, and ethical decisionmaking. Advocacy has been identified as a key core competency for the professional nurse, yet the literature reveals relevant barriers to acquiring this skill. Challenges exist, such as limitations in nursing school curricula on the death and dying process, particularly in multicultural settings; differing policies and practices in healthcare systems; and various interpretations of end-of-life legal language. Patricia Benner's conceptual model of advocacy behaviors in end-of-life nursing provides the framework in which nurses can become effective patient advocates. Developing active listening and effective communication skills can enhance the nurse-patient trust relationship and create a healing environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-329
Number of pages5
JournalOchsner Journal
Volume11
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 22 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Terminal Care
Nurses
Nursing
Nurse-Patient Relations
Nursing Schools
Pain Management
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Communication
Delivery of Health Care

Keywords

  • Advance directives
  • Advocacy
  • Comfort measures
  • Dignity
  • End-of-life care
  • Stages of grief

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Hebert, K., Moore, H., & Rooney, J. (2011). The nurse advocate in end-of-life care. Ochsner Journal, 11(4), 325-329.

The nurse advocate in end-of-life care. / Hebert, Kathy; Moore, Harold; Rooney, Joan.

In: Ochsner Journal, Vol. 11, No. 4, 22.12.2011, p. 325-329.

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Hebert, K, Moore, H & Rooney, J 2011, 'The nurse advocate in end-of-life care', Ochsner Journal, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 325-329.
Hebert K, Moore H, Rooney J. The nurse advocate in end-of-life care. Ochsner Journal. 2011 Dec 22;11(4):325-329.
Hebert, Kathy ; Moore, Harold ; Rooney, Joan. / The nurse advocate in end-of-life care. In: Ochsner Journal. 2011 ; Vol. 11, No. 4. pp. 325-329.
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