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    Peek inside the textbook with this digital preview

    This book was written specifically for nurses – because in your professional, personal, and community life, you care for dying people and their families. This text will help every nurse to integrate a palliative approach into care by incorporating the principles and practices of hospice and palliative care across all care settings, early in the disease process, for people with any life-limiting illness. Essentials in Hospice and Palliative Care: A Practical Resource for Every Nurse provides knowledge, skills, and strategies for providing excellent hospice and palliative care and as such, is an essential resource for every nurse.

    Essentials in Hospice and Palliative Care: A Practical Resource for Every Nurse provides knowledge, skills, and strategies for providing excellent hospice and palliative care and as such, is an essential resource for every nurse.

    • The text addresses ethical principles and issue through ethical touchstones.
    • The text incorporates stories to help nurses develop cultural competence and cultural humility.
    • Through the text you will be encouraged to consider your role as a leader and advocate through your day to day work.
    • The text helps to increase your confidence, competence, and compassion in caring for the dying person and their family.

     


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  • Nursing Assistant TextBook 

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    This book was written specifically for nursing assistants—you! It will warmly engage you and provide you with
    the essential tools and knowledge to respond to the needs of the dying and their families. Filled with practical
    strategies, stories of caregiving, and real-life scenarios, Essentials in Hospice and Palliative Care will increase your
    confidence, competence and comfort in providing compassionate care for the dying. In reading this book, you will learn the importance of:

    • Integrating a palliative approach into the care of people with any life-threatening disease, early in the
      disease process, across all care settings
    • Reflecting, developing self-awareness and maintaining therapeutic boundaries
    • Communicating, and how to open doors to conversations and avoid roadblocks

    You will also learn about:

    • Common symptoms of dying, and tools to help you gather information and provide comfort measures
    • Psychosocial needs, and how to create a nurturing place and respond in difficult situations
    • Last days and hours, and strategies to use in caring for the dying person and family
    • Self-care and compassion fatigue, and ways to care for yourself
    • The health care team, and strategies for advocating and good communication practices

    New as well as experienced caregivers will benefit from reading Essentials in Hospice Palliative Care, as we learn
    new ways together to prepare to care for coming tsunami of dying in the 21st century.

    Workbook

    As a companion workbook to Essentials in Hospice and Palliative Care: A Resource for Nursing Assistants, this workbook actively engages you to help solidify your knowledge of hospice and palliative care. More than just questions and answers, the workbook guides you to develop your self-awareness, knowledge and skills in providing
    care for the dying.

    Prepare yourself to care for the dying and their family by:

    • Exploring your own beliefs and biases through reflection and writing exercises
    • Increasing your understanding of hospice and palliative care language, principles, and practices
    • Applying your knowledge in case scenarios, role-plays, and group discussions

    The workbook promotes learning using creative activities, including crossword puzzles, reflective writing topics, group discussions, and role-plays.

    If you’re an instructor and would like the workbook answer key, please contact us.

     

    What the experts are saying:

    “This book is a significant resource for both employers and nursing assistants themselves. Nursing Assistants are often the eyes and ears of the hospice and palliative care teams. In addition to their important role in providing physical care, they often support patients and families through the dying process. This resource is a must have for all hospice and palliative care managers and care providers.”

    – J. Donald Schumacher, PsyD
    President and CEO
    National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (U.S.)

    “This new book is practical, purposeful, relevant, and relatable—a must-read.”

    — Marlene Lee, MA Thanatology
    Author of The Hero in My Pocket

    “An essential and invaluable tool for Nursing Assistants, Hospice Aides, social service workers and their supervisors, full of useful, needed information covering every aspect of the dying process.”

    — Kenneth J.Doka, PhD / Author / Professor, The College of New Rochelle
    Senior Consultant, The Hospice Foundation of America

  • Peer inside the textbook with this digital preview

    This book was written specifically for nursing assistants—you! It will warmly engage you and provide you with

    the essential tools and knowledge to respond to the needs of the dying and their families. Filled with practical
    strategies, stories of caregiving, and real-life scenarios, Essentials in Hospice and Palliative Care will increase your
    confidence, competence and comfort in providing compassionate care for the dying. In reading this book, you will learn the importance of:

    • Integrating a palliative approach into the care of people with any life-threatening disease, early in the
      disease process, across all care settings
    • Reflecting, developing self-awareness and maintaining therapeutic boundaries
    • Communicating, and how to open doors to conversations and avoid roadblocks

    You will also learn about:

    • Common symptoms of dying, and tools to help you gather information and provide comfort measures
    • Psychosocial needs, and how to create a nurturing place and respond in difficult situations
    • Last days and hours, and strategies to use in caring for the dying person and family
    • Self-care and compassion fatigue, and ways to care for yourself
    • The health care team, and strategies for advocating and good communication practices

    New as well as experienced caregivers will benefit from reading Essentials in Hospice Palliative Care, as we learn
    new ways together to prepare to care for coming tsunami of dying in the 21st century.

    Save 20% when you order the text + workbook together

    What the experts are saying:

    “What a valuable resource Kath Murray has provided. So easy to read and follow. What a wonderful teaching
    tool this is. It is so accurate in portraying what I, as a Hospice CNA, deal with every day. I love, love, love it”!

    — Amanda Dunnem, Hospice CNA / Hospice At Home / NHPCO
    National Council for Hospice and Palliative Professionals
    Certified Nursing Assistant Section Leader

    “… a gift to all who work with or hope to work with individuals at the end of life… filled with the critical, clinical information that caregivers need. … a great refresher. An opportunity to learn again through Kath’s words and to see through her wise eyes.”

    — Lynne Tobin, M.Ed., MA, LPC

    “This book is a significant resource for both employers and nursing assistants themselves. Nursing Assistants are often the eyes and ears of the hospice and palliative care teams. In addition to their important role in providing physical care, they often support patients and families through the dying process. This resource is a must have for all hospice and palliative care managers and care providers.”

    – J. Donald Schumacher, PsyD
    President and CEO
    National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (U.S.)

    “This new book is practical, purposeful, relevant, and relatable—a must-read.”

    — Marlene Lee, MA Thanatology
    Author of The Hero in My Pocket

    “An essential and invaluable tool for Nursing Assistants, Hospice Aides, social service workers and their supervisors, full of useful, needed information covering every aspect of the dying process.”

    — Kenneth J.Doka, PhD / Author / Professor, The College of New Rochelle
    Senior Consultant, The Hospice Foundation of America

  • As a companion workbook to Essentials in Hospice and Palliative Care: A Resource for Nursing Assistants, this workbook actively engages you to help solidify your knowledge of hospice and palliative care. More than just questions and answers, the workbook guides you to develop your self-awareness, knowledge and skills in providing care for the dying.

    Prepare yourself to care for the dying and their family by:

    • Exploring your own beliefs and biases through reflection and writing exercises
    • Increasing your understanding of hospice and palliative care language, principles, and practices
    • Applying your knowledge in case scenarios, role-plays, and group discussions

    The workbook promotes learning using creative activities, including crossword puzzles, reflective writing topics, group discussions, and role-plays.

    Save 20% when you order the text + workbook together

    What the experts are saying:

    “What a valuable resource Kath Murray has provided. So easy to read and follow. What a wonderful teaching
    tool this is. It is so accurate in portraying what I, as a Hospice CNA, deal with every day. I love, love, love it”!

    — Amanda Dunnem, Hospice CNA / Hospice At Home / NHPCO
    National Council for Hospice and Palliative Professionals
    Certified Nursing Assistant Section Leader

    “… a gift to all who work with or hope to work with individuals at the end of life… filled with the critical, clinical information that caregivers need. … a great refresher. An opportunity to learn again through Kath’s words and to see through her wise eyes.”

    — Lynne Tobin, M.Ed., MA, LPC

  • This Instructor’s Guide was developed to specifically address the learning needs of Nursing Assistants (and their associated caregivers in the US) by teaching the essential skills and strategies for providing hospice and palliative care.

    The Instructor’s Guide is written specifically for the individuals who are teaching classes and workshops on how to care for the dying. The guide provides you with a template of strategies and options for teaching, based on the text and companion resources of Essentials in Hospice and Palliative Care: A Resource for Nursing Assistants. A matching section in the Instructor’s Guide provides step by step support for teaching each chapter from the text. The guide provides learning outcomes, preparation for students and Instructors, as well as suggested Lesson Plans. Each Lesson Plan identifies relevant • PowerPoint presentations • Text readings • Workbook questions for addressing specific concepts • Podcasts, for in-class or at home use • Videos, for in-class or at home use • Activities for exploring and integrating concepts. Experienced as well as new instructors will benefit from the way the Instructor’s Guide simplifies your teaching preparation, and enhances your teaching impact.

    Printed Instructor’s Guide may be ordered OR you can download for free here.

  • Care Planning Cookies – cookies with a message inside, each one intended to stimulate conversations about living well and dying well.

    Conversations about living well and dying well can be challenging, but they are important, so we have developed Care Planning Cookies to help you get the conversations started.

    Care Planning Cookies can stimulate discussion and encourage you to talk to your family and friends about ideas such as:

    • what matters to you, what you do every day that gives your life meaning – walking your dog, socializing with friends, watching your favourite show, going to sports games, working
    • who you talk with about important events
    • who would be willing to honour your wishes and speak of your behalf, if you were unable
    • the importance of learning about different medical  procedures that might be offered to you in the future

    We invite you to prepare. We invite you to talk about living well and dying well… so you can have real peace of mind, because both Life and Death Matter!