Book review: Palliative and End of Life Care in Nursing ​​​​​​​

Honorary lecturer Claire Lewis reviews Palliative and End of Life Care in Nursing.

Palliative and End of Life Care in Nursing

Jane Nicol & Brian Nyatanga

Learning Matters/Sage

£19.99 | 184pp

ISBN: 9781473957282

This book introduces some of the fundamental concepts in palliative and end of life care, and the content is helpfully mapped to the Nursing and Midwifery Council's Standards for Pre-Registration Education and Essential Skills Clusters.

The numerous case studies and activities in the text encourage critical thinking and reflection and each chapter closes by providing suggested further reading and useful websites.

My only issue with this text is that I would have liked the authors to delineate more clearly the distinction between palliative and end of life care.

Palliative care is well defined, but end of life care less so; in some chapters, the terms are used synonymously when I felt there should have been more of a distinction made between the two.

Reviewed by Claire Lewis, honorary lecturer, school of medicine, dentistry and biomedical sciences, Queen’s University Belfast.

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