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Palliative Care Nursing

SKU# 9780826127129

Quality Care to the End of Life, Fifth Edition


  • Marianne Matzo PhD, APRN-CNP, FPCN, FAAN
  • Deborah Witt Sherman PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FAAN
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“This 5th edition is an important achievement; it is a symbol of commitment to the field of palliative nursing, where we have been and where we are going.”

- Betty Rolling Ferrell, PhD, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN

From the Foreword

The aging population has only grown since the first edition of this comprehensive and seminal publication nearly 20 years ago. Based on the need to humanize rather than medicalize the illness experience for patients, this text delves into palliative care beyond the specific diseases affecting the patient. Instead, content focuses on the whole person and family.

Palliative patients struggle with chronic, debilitating, and painful conditions, and grapple with the fact that life as they knew it has already passed away. Families and friends reciprocally suffer, not knowing how to help and therefore become the secondary victims of the disease. This is not the challenge of a lone nurse, or a single physician, therapist, or social worker. Rather, palliative and hospice care requires the expertise and unique roles of an interprofessional team to help the patient and family strengthen their resilience, continue to find meaning and purpose in life, and cure what can be cured.

Palliative Care Nursing, Fifth Edition, delivers advanced empirical, aesthetic, ethical and personal knowledge. This new edition brings an increased focus on outcomes, benchmarking progress, and goals of care. It expounds upon the importance of the cross-disciplinary collaboration introduced in the previous edition. Every chapter in Sections I, II, and III includes content written by a non-nursing member of the interprofessional team. Based on best-evidence and clinical practice guidelines, this text presents comprehensive, targeted interventions responsive to the needs of palliative and hospice patients and family. Each chapter contains compassionate, timely, appropriate, and cost-effective care for diverse populations across the illness trajectory.

Key Features

  • The expanded new edition offers current, comprehensive, one-stop source of highly-relevant clinical information on palliative care
  • Life-span approach: age-appropriate nursing considerations (e.g. geriatric, pediatric and family)
  • Includes disease-specific and symptom-specific nursing management chapters
  • Promotes a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to palliative care
  • Offers important legal, ethical and cultural considerations related to death and dying
  • Case Studies with Case Study Conclusion in each clinical chapter

New to The Fifth Edition:

  • An expanded chapter on Palliative Care incorporates most up to date scope and standards, information on Basic and Advanced HPNA certification, self-reflection and self-care for nurses.
  • A chapter on Interprofessional Collaboration
  • Instructor Resources: Power points and Test bank

Product Details 

  • Publication Date July 09, 2018
  • Page Count 725
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826127129
  • EISBN 9780826127198

Table of Contents 



Foreword by Betty R. Ferrell, PhD, RN, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN



1. Palliative Care Nursing

Anne M. Wilkinson, Deborah Witt Sherman, Tonie Metheny, & Marianne Matzo

2. Palliative Care: Responsive to the Need for Healthcare Reform in the United States

Deborah Witt Sherman & Marilyn Bookbinder

3. Interprofessional Collaboration

Deborah Witt Sherman & Anne M. Wilkinson

4. Ethical Aspects of Palliative Care

Anita J. Tarzian

5. Legal Aspect of Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning

Kathleen O. Perrin


6. Culture and Spirituality as Domains of Quality Palliative Care

Deborah Witt Sherman & David C. Free

7. Intimacy and Sexual Health

Marianne Matzo

8. Family Caregivers

Deborah Witt Sherman

9. Communicating With Seriously Ill and Dying Patients, Their Families, and Their Healthcare Practitioners

Kathleen O. Perrin

10. Health Promotion and Rehabilitation in Palliative Care

John P. Rosenberg & Kathrine Hammill

11. Loss, Grief, and Bereavement

Mertie L. Potter & Brendan P. Wynne

12. Holistic Integrative Therapies in Palliative Care

Carla Mariano


13. Cancer

Maritza C. Alencar

14. End-Stage Heart Disease

Lucie B. Dlugasch

15. Chronic Lung Disease

Mary M. Brennan

16. Neurological Disorders

Melody Hope Gallamore

17. End-Stage Renal Disease

Debra J. Hain

18. End-Stage Liver Disease

Lissi Hansen & Anna Sasaki

19. Palliative Care and HIV/AIDS

Patrick Kenny, Carl A. Kirton, Anna Krakowski, & Deborah Witt Sherman


20. Pain: Assessment and Treatment Using a Multimodal Approach

Rose Anne Indelicato & Mary Layman-Goldstein

21. Dyspnea

Cynthia Reno Balkstra

22. Anxiety, Depression, and Delirium

Nicole G. Loving & Constance M. Dahlin

23. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and End-of-Life Care

Kristen H. Sorocco & Kristi L. Bratkovich

24. Gastrointestinal Symptoms

Raymond R. Blush III

25. Fatigue

Marianne Matzo

26. Minimizing Skin Alterations

Elizabeth A. Ayello & R. Gary Sibbald

27. Peri-Death Nursing Care

Marianne Matzo & Jane A. Hill