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Aim of Assessment
The aim of this assessment is to provide students with an opportunity to (1) gain a deeper understanding of age appropriate nursing care for a patient receiving palliation, their family and carers and the nurse’s role surrounding death and dying; (2) further develop research and written communication skills.
Australia’s population is becoming increasingly diverse. Therefore, meeting the palliative care needs in a range of settings poses many challenges. To demonstrate your understanding of a palliative care approach in a diverse environment, select a patient from one of the following lifespan categories:
• Older adult (65+)
Write an essay that:
a) Discusses the importance of providing age appropriate care reflecting a palliative
approach for a person and their family.
b) Illustrate your understanding of nursing care using a palliative approach when applied to your chosen life span category.
• Use current and relevant literature to adequately support your discussion throughout the essay.
Getting started with the literature
To commence this process the following reading may initiate further understanding in relation to age appropriate in nursing care for a patient receiving palliation and their family and carers.
Haley, C., & Daley, J. (2014). Palliation in chronic illness. In E. Chang & A. Johnson (Eds.), Chronic illness and disability. Principles for nursing practice (2nd ed.). (pp. 232-248). Chatswood: Elsevier.
Monterosso, L., Kristjanson, L., Aoun, S., & Phillips, M. (2007). Support and palliative care needs of families of children with life-threatening illnesses in Western Australia: evidence to guide the development of a palliative care service. Palliative Medicine 21 (8), 689-696 DOI: 10.1177/0269216307083032
Bhatnagar, S,. & Joshi, S. (2011). Palliative care in young adults: an issue which needs higher and better awareness. Indian Journal of Palliative Care, 13(3), 173-174. doi:10.4103/0973-1075.92332
Brererton, L., Gardiner, C., Gott, M., Ingleton, C., Barnes, S., & Carroll, C. (2011). The hospital environment for end of life care of older adults and their families: an integrative review. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68(5), 981-993.
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