Caring for Patients at the End of Life
Death can be frightening. This can be especially true for patients in the terminal stages of chronic disease. These patients often wish for a "good death." However, they often fear that they will die alone, in pain, abandoned by their caregivers. Nurses must provide excellent end-of-life care to all dying patients. In this way, nurses can help patients have a "good death", calm the fears of dying patients, and support the patient's family. This course will discuss palliative vs. curative care, potential barriers to palliative care, guidelines for providing palliative care according to a patient's wishes for a "good death", and guidelines for helping loved ones when a patient is dying.