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ITNS Participated in Palliative Nursing Summit

ITNS was one of 26 nursing specialty organizations, representing over 600,000 nurses, invited to participate in the Palliative Nursing Summit: Nurses Leading Change and Transforming Care, held in Washington, D.C., on May 12, 2017. Over a year in the planning, the Summit was a collaborative effort orchestrated by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation, and the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center.

The goal of the meeting was to convene key leaders from various nursing specialty organizations to develop a collaborative nursing agenda around three key areas of practice as they related to palliative nursing:
    (1) Communication skills, especially related to advance care planning and treatment decisions;
    (2) Coordination and transitions of care; and
    (3) Pain and symptom management.
Specific meeting objectives were to identify the current state of primary palliative nursing and the greatest opportunities to advance communication, coordination/transitions of care, and pain/symptom management. Betty Farrell, PhD, RN. FAAN, FPCN. CHPN addressed the participants and described the origin, evolution, accomplishments, and gaps in the field of palliative nursing care.

In three workshop sessions, participants then developed a shared vision for “what is possible” for each of the three key areas of practice and identified changes required to move from the “as is” to the future vision of palliative nursing practice. From this wealth of feedback, strategies will be developed to address the greatest opportunities to help nursing transform the care and culture of serious illness and develop an implementation plan.

Knowledge gleaned from this summit will prove useful for those caring for transplant candidates and recipients who could benefit from palliative care along the transplant continuum. more


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