Managing symptoms at the end of life: a guide for non-palliative care nurses
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Managing symptoms at the end of life: a guide for non-palliative care nurses

Sue Griffith Head of education and research, Farleigh Hospice, Chelmsford, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To understand the role of non-palliative care nurses in providing end of life care

  • To recognise the signs and symptoms that can indicate a person is in the last days or hours of life

  • To enhance your knowledge of the interventions that can be used to manage common symptoms at the end of life

Nurses, regardless of their area of practice, may have to care for a person in their last days and hours of life. However, many nurses outside of specialist palliative and end of life care settings do not feel adequately prepared for this. Nurses can usually obtain advice from specialists working in local hospices or palliative care centres, but they may still find it challenging to act on that advice if it is not underpinned by their own knowledge base. This article provides a guide to assist non-palliative care nurses in recognising dying and managing common symptoms at the end of life.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2022.e11999

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

Sue.Griffith@farleighhospice.org

Conflict of interest

None declared

Griffith S (2022) Managing symptoms at the end of life: a guide for non-palliative care nurses. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2022.e11999

Published online: 26 September 2022

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