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Palliative nurse care - education and training

Despina Georgieva, Greta Koleva

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Palliative care is a method, which improves the quality of life via control over the typical symptoms. The subject of palliative care are patients with life-threatening diseases. The activities follow the basic principles, which are directed to solving physical, mental, spiritual and social problems, as well as, assessment and treatment of the pain. The active communication and cooperation with the patients` relatives are also part of the duties of the nurse who provides palliative care. The specificity of palliative care requires specialized preparation, aimed at acquiring knowledge of the sphere, as well as development of certain skills and competences. The lack of a clinical subject in the field of palliative medical science is a great challenge for the training team in the process of presenting this subject and teaching the skills needed by the students.

AIM: The aim of this paper is to present the organization of the training of nurses in palliative care.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: After finishing their training, the students provide a feedback via a poll. The analysis of the results determined that the examined students have acquired sufficient amount of information. For the purpose of the practical training, approved nursing documentation has been present­ed during the exercises, which were held in the Department of Palliative Care at the Complex Cancer Center - Ruse (CCC). The students highly evaluate the documents provided for work, and they think that by introducing them in practice, the quality of care will rise significantly, the nursing care will get easier, and continuity will be achieved.

An electronic nurse file for palliative care was developed, allowing registration and evaluation of the activities performed.

CONCLUSION: From the survey of the students who have passed training in the discipline, a positive feed­back is established. It appeared that they have received and absorbed a sufficient amount of information in the sphere of palliative nursing care.


Keywords

training, nurse, palliative health care, assessment of the symptoms

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14748/sssp.v2i0.4039

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About The Authors

Despina Georgieva
Health and Healthcare, Ruse University

Department of Healthcare, Faculty of Public

Greta Koleva
Health and Healthcare, Ruse University

Department of Healthcare, Faculty of Public

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