Palliative Care- Principles and Ethics of palliative care nursing.In the lecture you saw that there are two broad models of ethics and ethical principles.
September 17, 2022
Palliative Care- Principles and Ethics of palliative care nursing.In the lecture you saw that there are two broad models of ethics and ethical principles.Consider that you have been asked to sit on an ethics committee consult to discuss the ethics and legality of withdrawing artificial nutrition and hydration from a patient who has no possibility of recovering but is not terminal. What would be your position and what ethical principles would you use to guide your decision to continue or discontinue artificial nutrition and hydration?Key Skills for Palliative Care NursesCritical thinking abilityYou should have the ability to think critically to help your patients.Clinical decision-making skillsYou should be able to think on your feet and make quick decisions for your patient.Communication skills: oral and writtenYou need to be a good communicator so that your patients and their families are kept well informed ofvarious issues related to the care.Cultural competenceYou should be sensitive to different cultures.Psychosocial support skillsEmotions are high at the end of life. You need to be there for your patients and their families andprovide counseling whenever necessary.Resource managementHospitals are often short staffed. You should attempt optimum resource management.Spiritual/religious supportAt the end of life patients tend to be driven towards religion and spirituality. Be supportive of thiseven if it does not mirror your own beliefs.Expertise in pain managementYour terminally ill patients may go through a lot of pain. Ensure that you are well versed in painmanagement techniques.Knowledge of laws and ethicsEnd of life involves the execution of legal matters like living wills and advance directives. Keep yourselfin the know of these matters to guide your patients.Page 1 of 1NSG4066 Palliative Care