End of life care: an educational pathway for community nurses
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End of life care: an educational pathway for community nurses

Alison Steven Reader in health professions education, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne
Gail White Education and development lead – palliative care, St Benedict’s Hospice and Centre for Specialist Palliative Care, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust
Gwen Marples Senior research assistant, Northumbria University
Joanne Atkinson Director of programmes, Northumbria University

Alison Steven and colleagues describe how the confidence and ability of end of life and palliative care nurses could be increased by giving them opportunities to learn and address concerns

This article reports on an innovative educational pathway for district and community nurses aimed at enhancing confidence and competence in dealing with end of life care (EoLC). Nurses were aligned with a mentor from a specialist palliative care team and, after completing a training needs analysis, created their own development plan. Participants undertook a range of formal and informal education, and a rise in confidence was identified, specifically in communication skills and symptom management. Such practice-based education may offer a powerful and convenient approach to EoLC education for community staff.

Primary Health Care. 24, 1, 18-25. doi: 10.7748/phc2014.



Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared.