The goal of palliative care is to address the impact of serious illness by managing symptoms, providing emotional support and ensuring that the plan of care aligns with patient and family goals. Under usual circumstances, there is a lot of overlap between nursing basics — interaction between person and disease — and palliative care.
During a pandemic, we need to consider patient goals and preferences in the context of limited resources. In crisis situations, demand for resources exceeds supply and triage protocols may be implemented that emphasize doing the greatest good for the greatest number of patients over individual preferences. This type of shift is challenging for all members of the healthcare team. To learn more about palliative care during a pandemic, explore resources offered by ELNEC (End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium), and access additional resources related to communicating with patients and their families through the Center to Advance Palliative Care and the Vital Talk program.
AACN offers resources to support nurses as they care for patients infected with coronavirus, as well as education for staff members who don’t normally provide this kind of care. Visit our coronavirus page to learn more.
Remember that (palliative care) can be offered simultaneously with curative, aggressive, lifesaving treatments. People do not have to wait. They do not have to choose.Clareen Wiencek, PhD, RN, ACHPN, ACNP, AACN past president
There are sometimes subtle distinctions between palliative, end-of-life and hospice care, including patient prognosis, goals of care and insurance reimbursement.
End-of-Life Care & Hospice
Communication skills and education can increase your confidence when discussing goals of care with patients and families. Keep up with the latest developments in palliative care with this selection of AACN resources, intended to help you deliver the best evidence-based care.
Access AACN’s complete library of programs and publications on palliative & end-of-life care. This compilation of resources includes journal articles, webinars and CE activities to improve your understanding of palliative & end-of-life care and enhance your practice.
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