Fast Facts for the Hospice Nurse

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Fast Facts for the Hospice Nurse

SKU# 9780826131980

A Concise Guide to End-of-Life Care

Author: Patricia Moyle Wright PhD, CRNP, ACNS-BC



“This book takes us back to our roots in hospice with content on hospice philosophy, real nuts and bolts on hospice requirements, and a concise summary of often-neglected topics such as existential suffering, cultural concerns, and quality assurance.” – Betty Ferrell, PhD, RN, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHNP

An on-the-go reference for hospice nurses and those interested in end-of-life care, this practical guide covers the essential elements in the compassionate and holistic care of terminally ill patients and their families. Nurses care for patients facing end-of-life issues in every practice specialty, and as the American population continues to age the need for proficiency in end-of-life skills will become increasingly important. Fast Facts for the Hospice Nurse: A Concise Guide to End-of-Life Care is an invaluable resource that provides emotional, administrative, and palliative support, whether in a hospice, long-term care facility, or even in acute care settings. This vital go-to text clearly and concisely lays out not only how to care for patients facing end-of-life issues, but also how to engage in self-care and cope with occupational stress.

Beginning with an overview of hospice care, including its history and philosophy, this book offers a timeline of the growth of the hospice movement in the U.S. Subsequent sections include up-to-date information on the clinical responsibilities of the hospice nurse in addressing the physical, psychological, and spiritual needs of terminally ill patients and their families in a culturally sensitive way. This book also outlines the administrative duties of the hospice nurse, including hospice documentation, a review of hospice regulations, and quality management. The closing section focuses on occupational stress in hospice nursing and how to engage in self-care. This text can serve as a useful clinical resource and also as a reference for nurses seeking hospice certification from the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center.

Key Features:

  • Organized within the context of the scope and standards of practice of The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.
  • Addresses key points about issues unique to hospice nursing and highlights evidence-based interventions
  • Addresses important Medicare regulations and reimbursement
  • Offers numerous clinical resources to assist with hospice nursing practice.
  • A concise study resource for hospice nursing certification

Product Details 

  • Publication Date March 28, 2017
  • Page Count
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826131980

About The Author(s) 

Patricia Moyle Wright, PhD, CRNP, CNS, CHPN, CNE, has worked in hospice and palliative care for over 20 years. Dr. Wright is a board-certified Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and Family Nurse Practitioner. She is also a Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN) and a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE). Dr. Wright is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing at The University of Scranton. She teaches a number of graduate and undergraduate courses, including a course on end-of-life care. Dr. Wright has published numerous articles and book chapters on end-of-life issues, including grief and bereavement. Her most recent work is a co-edited book entitled Perinatal and Pediatric Bereavement in Nursing and Other Health Professions (Springer Publishing).