Palliative Care Nursing: Caring for Suffering Patients explores the concept of suffering as it relates to nursing practice. This text helps practicing nurses and students define and recognize various aspects of suffering across the lifespan and within various patient populations while providing guidance in alleviating suffering. In addition, it examines spiritual and ethical perspectives on suffering and discusses how witnessing suffering impacts nurses' ability to assume the professional role. Further, the authors discuss ways nurses as witnesses to suffering can optimize their own coping skills and facilitate personal growth. Rich in case studies, pictures, and reflections on nursing practice and life experiences, Palliative Care Nursing: Caring for Suffering Patients delves into key topics such as how to identify when a patient is suffering, whether they are coping, sources of coping facades, what to do to ease suffering, and how to convey the extent of suffering to members of the health care team.
Table of Contents
1 The Nature of Suffering and Palliative Care
2 Suffering in Special Populations
3 Grieving and Suffering
4 Ethical Responsibilities and Issues in Palliative Care
5 Suffering and Palliative Care at the End of Life
6 Acute and Chronic Pain as Sources of Suffering
7 Spirituality and Suffering
8 The Search for Meaning in Suffering
9 The Nurse as Witness to Suffering
10 The Role of Healing and Holistic Nursing in Palliation of Suffering
11 Conveying Comfort
12 Inspiring Hope
About the Author(s)
Kathleen Ouimet Perrin, PhD, RN, CCRN-Professor, Nursing, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire
Kathleen Ouimet Perrin, PhD, RN, CCRN, is a professor of nursing at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH, where she teaches courses in critical care nursing, professional nursing, and understanding suffering to baccalaureate nursing students. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, her master’s from Boston College, and her doctoral degree from The Union Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio. Her primary areas of interest are critical care nursing, ethical issues, nursing history, and suffering experienced by patients and health care providers.
Caryn A. Sheehan, DNP, APRN-BC-Associate Professor, Nursing, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire
Caryn A. Sheehan DNP, APRN-BC is an Associate Professor of nursing at Saint
Anselm College, Manchester, NH, where she teaches geriatric and medical/surgical
nursing to baccalaureate nursing students. She received her bachelor’s
degree from Saint Anselm College, her master’s from Boston College, and
her doctoral degree from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. Her
primary areas of publication and interest are men’s health, oncology,
and chronic pain/QOL.
Mertie L. Potter, DNP, APRN-Clinical Professor, Nursing, Massachusetts General Hospital, Institute of Health Professions, Boston, Massachusetts
Mertie L. Potter DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC is a clinical professor of nursing at
Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA.
She teaches in the direct entry master’s program and the accelerated baccalaureate
nursing program within the psychiatric-mental health specialty track. Dr. Potter
has a consultation/nurse practitioner practice in which she works with nursing
staff and sees patients. She received her bachelor’s degree from Simmons
College, her master’s from the University of Michigan, and her doctoral
degree from Case Western Reserve University. Her special interest areas are
grieving, spirituality, body-mind-spirit health, nursing theory, suffering,
medical missions, and team-building.
Mary K. Kazanowski, PhD, APRN-BC, CHPN-Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care Team, Concord Hospital, Concord, New Hampshire, Hospice RN, VNA Hospice of Manchester and Southern New Hampshire
Mary K. Kazanowski PhD APRN-BC, CHPN, is a nurse practitioner on the Palliative Care Team at Concord Hospital, Concord, NH, and a Hospice RN at VNA Hospice of Manchester and Southern NH. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Saint Anselm College, her master’s from Boston University, and her doctoral degree from Boston College. Her special interests are in symptom management and the implementation of palliative and hospice care into the health care system.