For patients with dementia, hospice nurses who know how to manage symptoms, maintain their quality of life, and can help ease their fears are priceless.
Linda Norlander, RN Death may be a part of life, but nurses in many settings may not feel comfortable caring for terminal patients and their families. An experienced hospice nurse provides some guidance in the new book, To Comfort Always: A Nurses Guide to End-of-Life Care, 2nd Ed, which was published this year. The
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Like each and every specialty in nursing, hospice nurses are one of a kind. It takes a special skillset to work as a hospice nurse, taking care of patients and their families who are at the end of life. These are some tools that belong in the hospice nurse toolkit. Tell us what we missed!