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Palliative Care Nursing
Caring for Suffering Patients

Author(s): Kathleen Ouimet Perrin, PhD, RN, CCRN, Professor, Nursing, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire
Caryn A. Sheehan, DNP, APRN-BC, Associate Professor, Nursing, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire
Mertie L. Potter, DNP, APRN, Clinical Professor, Nursing, Massachusetts General Hospital, Institute of Health Professions, Boston, Massachusetts
Mary K. Kazanowski, PhD, APRN-BC, CHPN, Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care Team, Concord Hospital, Concord, New Hampshire, Hospice RN, VNA Hospice of Manchester and Southern New Hampshire
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  • ISBN-13: 9780763773847
  • Paperback    362 pages      © 2012
Price: $86.95 US List
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Recipient of the prestigious American Journal of Nursing's 2011 Book of the Year Award!
 
Palliative Care Nursing: Caring for Suffering Patients explores the concept of suffering as it relates to nursing practice. This text helps practicing nurses and students define and recognize various aspects of suffering across the lifespan and within various patient populations while providing guidance in alleviating suffering. In addition, it examines spiritual and ethical perspectives on suffering and discusses how witnessing suffering impacts nurses' ability to assume the professional role. Further, the authors discuss ways nurses as witnesses to suffering can optimize their own coping skills and facilitate personal growth. Rich in case studies, pictures, and reflections on nursing practice and life experiences, Palliative Care Nursing: Caring for Suffering Patients delves into key topics such as how to identify when a patient is suffering, whether they are coping, sources of coping facades, what to do to ease suffering, and how to convey the extent of suffering to members of the health care team.

 

Applicable Courses

This text is could be used in gerontology or palliative care nursing courses, capstone courses, and undergraduate nursing courses dealing with end of life issues, psychology, grieving, and palliative care. 

 

1  The Nature of Suffering and Palliative Care
2  Suffering in Special Populations
3  Grieving and Suffering
4  Ethical Responsibilities and Issues in Palliative Care
5  Suffering and Palliative Care at the End of Life
6  Acute and Chronic Pain as Sources of Suffering
7  Spirituality and Suffering
8  The Search for Meaning in Suffering
9  The Nurse as Witness to Suffering
10  The Role of Healing and Holistic Nursing in Palliation of Suffering
11  Conveying Comfort
12  Inspiring Hope

Kathleen Ouimet Perrin, PhD, RN, CCRN-Professor, Nursing, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire

 

Kathleen Ouimet Perrin, PhD, RN, CCRN, is a professor of nursing at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH, where she teaches courses in critical care nursing, professional nursing, and understanding suffering to baccalaureate nursing students. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, her master’s from Boston College, and her doctoral degree from The Union Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio. Her primary areas of interest are critical care nursing, ethical issues, nursing history, and suffering experienced by patients and health care providers.  
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Caryn A. Sheehan, DNP, APRN-BC-Associate Professor, Nursing, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire

 

Caryn A. Sheehan DNP, APRN-BC is an Associate Professor of nursing at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH, where she teaches geriatric and medical/surgical nursing to baccalaureate nursing students. She received her bachelor’s degree from Saint Anselm College, her master’s from Boston College, and her doctoral degree from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. Her primary areas of publication and interest are men’s health, oncology, and chronic pain/QOL.

Mertie L. Potter, DNP, APRN-Clinical Professor, Nursing, Massachusetts General Hospital, Institute of Health Professions, Boston, Massachusetts

 

Mertie L. Potter DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC is a clinical professor of nursing at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA.  She teaches in the direct entry master’s program and the accelerated baccalaureate nursing program within the psychiatric-mental health specialty track. Dr. Potter has a consultation/nurse practitioner practice in which she works with nursing staff and sees patients. She received her bachelor’s degree from Simmons College, her master’s from the University of Michigan, and her doctoral degree from Case Western Reserve University.  Her special interest areas are grieving, spirituality, body-mind-spirit health, nursing theory, suffering, medical missions, and team-building.

Mary K. Kazanowski, PhD, APRN-BC, CHPN-Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care Team, Concord Hospital, Concord, New Hampshire, Hospice RN, VNA Hospice of Manchester and Southern New Hampshire

 

Mary K. Kazanowski PhD APRN-BC, CHPN, is a nurse practitioner on the Palliative Care Team at Concord Hospital, Concord, NH, and a Hospice RN at VNA Hospice of Manchester and Southern NH.  She received her bachelor’s degree from the Saint Anselm College, her master’s from Boston University, and her doctoral degree from Boston College. Her special interests are in symptom management and the implementation of palliative and hospice care into the health care system.