This unit focuses on palliative care nursing of adults in their place of choice as they progress through a life-limiting illness. With little or no prospect of recovery, the primary treatment goal is to optimise quality of life, uphold the person’s dignity with sensitivity, and communicate appropriately throughout the continuum of care with empathy, honesty and compassion for the person and their family.
Evolve with QUTeX
This unit is for registered nurses interested in learning more about palliative and end of life care, and provides a beginning level of knowledge in palliative care in a variety of healthcare contexts. Participants will develop knowledge of advanced concepts relating to assessment and management of physical and psychosocial symptoms to provide person-centred holistic care and support to the person with life-limiting illness and their family.
Who should participate?
The unit is intended for registered nurses, clinical nurses, clinical nurse consultants and nurse managers working in any health care sector, who care for adults with life-limiting illness and wish to expand their knowledge of palliative care. The participants in this program will be prepared in the principles and practice of palliative care required for practice.
Nurses caring for patients with life-limiting illness and their families require highly developed interpersonal skills, and knowledge of advanced concepts relating to assessment and management of physical and psycho-social symptoms to provide person-centred and holistic care and appropriate support. The role and functions of the palliative care nurse as a member of a multidisciplinary team and as an autonomous practitioner will be explored.