Question: An explanation of the role of the advanced practice nurse in facilitating the discussion of end-of-life care with patients and their families. Explain how you would approach a family who wants “everything” done for a patient with only a limited time to live. Then, explain when it is appropriate to involve hospice and how to approach patients and/or families who refuse hospice services. Finally, explain potential outcomes of the patient in the case study you selected and how you would facilitate the discussion of end-of-life care with this patient’s family. We are in a unique position to guide patients and their families through an increasingly complex health care system toward the goal of a “good death” one that is comfortable and self-determined.
An explanation of the role of the advanced practice nurse in facilitating the discussion of end-of-life care with patients and their families
With the aging of the US population, the number of seriously ill patients with complex conditions is expected to rise and the overwhelming majority of deaths occur among the older adult population. Older adults typically die slowly of chronic diseases, with multiple coexisting problems, progressive dependency on others and heavy care needs that are met mostly by family members. The dilemma of end-of-life care becomes a crucial issue for the advance practical nurses. As a nurse practitioner, we have a crucial role in facilitating end-of-life care discussion with patients and families. It is not that easy to explain to them about hospice or comfort measures. …………………PLACE ORDER FOR CUSTOMIZED ANSWER