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End of Life

SKU# 9780826107596

Nursing Solutions for Death with Dignity

Author: Lynn Keegan, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN , Carole Ann Drick, PhD, RN, TNS, TNSCP


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2011 AJN Book of the Year Winner in both Gerontologic Nursing and Hospice and Palliative Care!

"The book is easy to read and is essential to all who work and care for those at the end of life."

--David Shields, RN, MSN, QTTT
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Capital University

"The book is thought provoking and, if you are like me, you will be assessing (consciously or subconsciously) how good you or your service are at providing holistic care around the time of death. It deserves to be widely read and I hope it starts many a conversation."

IAHPC Newsletter

"[This book] is a gem. It is a rare balance of an interesting read with an incredible integration of factual information. I intend to share it in my long term care circles...A wonderful contribution!"

Charlotte Eliopoulos,RN, MPH, PhD
Executive Director
American Association for Long Term Care Nursing

"Every once in a long while a short, succinct book comes along that awakens our senses and motivates us to action. [This] is one such book. It cuts right to the chase to offer a new, innovative change for an old, outmoded rite of passage."

Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
Co-Director, Nightingale Initiative for Global Health, Canada and Virginia
Director, Holistic Nursing Consultants, New Mexico
(From the Foreword)

This professional clinical guide presents nursing administrators and nurses in acute care agencies, nursing homes, hospice, and palliative care settings with detailed implementation strategies for accommodating dying persons and their loved ones as they make the transition from physical life. It presents the need for and the development of the concept: Golden Room concept: a place for dying that facilitates a dignified, peaceful, and profound experience for dying persons and their loved ones.

This book presents a practical solution on multiple levels that will benefit all involved-patient, family, nurses, administrators, policy makers, and insurance companies. It presents the theoretical frameworks for end-of-life care and how the Golden Room concept fits into these frameworks.

Published in partnership with the Watson Caring Science Institute, this unique resource:

  • Advocates the use of Golden Rooms, which provide dignified, private, and safe settings for death and dying
  • Presents various cases that illustrate the need for a dignified death, as well as strategies on how to provide for this dignified death
  • Provides questions of concern after each case scenario, suitable for class discussion or personal reflection
  • Offers cost-effective end-of-life solutions for families, the medical establishment, and insurance companies

    • Product Details 

      • Publication Date October 18, 2010
      • Page Count 272
      • Product Form Paperback / softback
      • ISBN 13 9780826107596
      • EISBN 9780826107602

      About The Author(s) 

      LynnKeegan, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN

      Lynn Keegan, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN is one of the founders of the holistic health focus in nursing and a well known leader in holistic nursing. She currently works as Director of Holistic Nursing Consultants in Port Angeles, WA. She has authored or co-authored 18 books and scores of professional journal publications and chapters in text books. Her books include the co-authored text book, Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice, 5th ed (2009), Healing Nutrition, 2nd ed., Healing with Complementary and Alternative Therapies, Healing Waters: The Miraculous Health Benefits of Earth's Most Essential Resource, Profiles of Nurse Healers (1998), and The Nurse as Healer (1994) among others. In addition she has delivered scores of presentations and keynote addresses in numerous countries throughout the world.

      Lynn was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and is board certified as Advanced Holistic Nurse by the American Holistic Nurses Association. She is past president of the American Holistic Nurses' Association and is on the board of many organizations and journals. She has been on the faculty of several prominent universities teaching in associate degree programs through coordinating graduate nursing programs. In 1991 she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Cornell University - New York Hospital School of Nursing, and she is a three-time recipient of the prestigious American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award.

      Table of Contents 

      Foreword by Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN

      Foreword by Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN




      Chapter 1 Why People Die
      Chapter 2 Death with Dignity
      Chapter 3 A Place for Death with Dignity: The Golden Room
      Chapter 4 End-of-Life Issues
      Chapter 5 End-of-Life Costs of Care
      Chapter 6 Legal and Ethical Issues


      Chapter 7 Theoretical Frameworks
      Chapter 8 Letting Go: The Body's Shutdown Process
      Chapter 9 Changing the Consciousness around Death and Dying
      Chapter 10 Spiritual Perspectives
      Chapter 11 Palliative Care to Hospice to the Golden Room


      Chapter 12 Guide to Implementing the Golden Room Concept with Health Professionals
      Chapter 13 Creating a Plan or Proposal
      Chapter 14 Preparing for the Future


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