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Many Critical Cares Nurses Unprepared to Provide Palliative Care

Posted on Friday, October 11, 2019 5:06 PM

A recent study conducted by Tri-Health showed that almost 40% of critical care nurses surveyed report being highly competent in palliative care while 38% reported that they have had no palliative care training in the past two years. 

“There was a gap between how they found the different realms of palliative care to be and how confident they felt to provide it. Most respondents didn’t feel confident providing care in any [palliative care] domain,” said Alexander Wolf, lead researcher and palliative care nurse practitioner at the Ohio-based health system TriHealth. “That tells us is that nurses in the critical care setting at least at this institution — as well as others according to other research — really are not getting enough palliative care education and training.”

These findings show that the less training these nurses have had, and the less they provided palliative care increased their level or moral distress over providing such care.

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