Book Review: Advanced Practice Palliative Nursing
★ ★ ★ ★
The book offers a detailed account of the complexities of palliative care nursing, while also developing new ideas for practice improvement.
The use of case studies illustrates how the skills and knowledge of palliative care nurses can be used in everyday practice. The case studies tend to have positive outcomes. However, the reality is that sometimes the system lets patients down or we get things wrong. It would have been useful to have included such cases for comparison.
The evolving role of the specialist palliative care nurse across various settings is recognised, for example, in intesive care units. The importance of continuous learning is also emphasised.
The book is well-structured and readers will find it easy to identify relevant sections. Chapters are clearly defined and there is a concise overview.
Being an American publication, some content will not readily apply to practice in the UK. However, this does not detract from the great merit of the book, which brings together all aspects of advanced palliative care nursing in one text. It is a refreshing addition to the palliative care literature and I would highly recommend it for the personal library of any palliative care nurse.
This book could be useful for current palliative care nurses, those completing modules in palliative care and those wanting a clear insight into the role.
Constance Dahlin, Patrick J Coyne, Betty R Ferrell (Eds) | Oxford University Press |£90 | 648pp | ISBN: 9780190204747
Reviewed by Kelly Critcher, clinical nurse specialist, specialist palliative care team, London North West Healthcare NHS Trust