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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

      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