RCN publishes a new online resource for end of life care

Royal College of Nursing has developed two resources to help nurses provide better care for terminally ill patients. 

A new online resource for end of life care has been published by the RCN after thousands of nurses called for more advice on caring for terminally ill patients. 

The end of life care resource complements guidance on nutrition and hydration in end of life care which the RCN put online in June. 

The new resource includes case studies covering communication with terminally ill patients and their families, advance care planning, symptom management, difficult conversations and bereavements.

RCN professional lead for long term conditions and end of life care Amanda Cheesley said: ‘These resources are designed to help nurses with difficult situations and complex care. 

‘We also hope that they will enable staff to reflect, empathise and learn from each other about what works well.’

The latest resource has been developed over the past 12 months.

The RCN end of life care survey, which was published last year and which received 8,000 responses in ten days, found that nurses want more information and support about caring for people at the end of their lives.

Resource links

The new end of life resource website can be found here.

The nutrition and hydration resource website can be found here.  

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