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Long-term care nurses' knowledge of end-of-life care

Long-term care nurses' knowledge of end-of-life care

Geriatric Nursing 23(6): 296-301

Long-term care (LTC) facilities usually contract with hospice agencies to provide palliative (comfort) care to their terminally ill residents, yet only 1% of nursing home residents enroll in hospice care. Integrating hospice services with nursing home services presents many challenges. One of the most critical challenges is the lack of education in palliative care among physicians, licensed nurses, and certified nursing assistants in LTC settings. A study of 164 licensed nurses from 24 LTC facilities in north central Texas found deficiencies in their knowledge of palliative care. The mean score on the Palliative Care Quiz for Nursing was 12.3 of a possible 20 (62%, SD = 2.7). Implications for practice include a critical need for in-service education on end-of-life content for practicing LTC nurses and integration of such content in all curricula for future nurses.

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Accession: 046567844

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PMID: 12494000

DOI: 10.1067/mgn.2002.130270

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