Nursing and Palliative Care

  • Jane L. PhillipsEmail author
  • Claudia Virdun
  • Priyanka Bhattarai
  • Claire Fraser
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Nursing is integral to meeting the growing demand for palliative care which is being driven by population aging and the increasing burden of chronic, noncommunicable disease. Palliative nursing and nursing in general share many of the same principles and practices. Both are committed to addressing the holistic domains of health (physical, psychological, emotional, cultural, social, practical, spiritual, and informational aspects of a person’s health and well-being) (Fitch, Hosp Q 3(4):39–46, 1999). This chapter provides an overview of the role of nursing in the context of contemporary interdisciplinary specialist and primary palliative care, key constructs underpinning palliative nursing, the core competencies of specialist and primary palliative care nursing, and how these competencies can be applied to provide best evidence-based person-centered palliative care, regardless of the care setting.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jane L. Phillips
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Claudia Virdun
    • 3
  • Priyanka Bhattarai
    • 1
    • 2
  • Claire Fraser
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Health, Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care Through Clinical Research and TranslationUniversity of Technology SydneyUltimoAustralia
  2. 2.School of NursingUniversity of Notre Dame Australia-SydneyDarlinghurstAustralia
  3. 3.Improving Palliative, Aged, and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation (IMPACCT), Faculty of HealthUniversity of Technology SydneyUltimoAustralia

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