Reflective accounts

Advance care planning

A CPD article helped Patricia Briggs to reflect on her role caring for older people

A CPD article helped Patricia Briggs to reflect on her role caring for older people.

Abstract

The continuing professional development article on advance care planning prompted reflection on my role as a nurse caring for older people, some of whom have progressive neurological conditions. Progression is often unpredictable and this uncertainty can cause considerable anxiety for patients and their families. Cognitive impairment can also affect the individual’s ability to communicate.

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This reflective account is based on NS777 Kent A (2015) Advance care planning in progressive neurological conditions. Nursing Standard. 29, 21, 51-59.

 

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