J 02 SPECIAL SESSION: End of Life Nursing Care: The Art of Being Present and the Role of the Nurse

Thursday, 15 July 2010: 1:45 PM-3:00 PM
Description/Overview: This session will explore the role of nursing in caring for dying patients. We will look at the art of presence and how it can enhance communication with patients and families. We will also look at the nurse as a skilled clinician, advocate and guide through a patient's end-of-life journey. Content includes discussion about advance directives, pain and symptom management, addressing suffering and addressing patient/family conflict. Content of the presentation is based on both clinical and applied research as well as stories from the field.
Learner Objective #1: Define presence and how it relates to caring for dying patients.
Learner Objective #2: Articulate the three roles for nursing in caring for dying patients.
Linda K. Norlander, BSN, MS, Home Care and Hospice, Group Health Cooperative, Tacoma, WA
Doris Troth Lippman, EdD, APRN, FAAN, School of Nursing, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT