Palliative Nursing Summit: Nurses Leading Change and Transforming Care

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Abstract

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Palliative Nursing Summit (Summit) “Nurses Leading Change and Transforming Care” brought nurses from numerous specialties together to discuss collaboration in advancing primary palliative nursing. Nursing leadership was highlighted, and the future of integrating primary palliative care was emphasized. Three workshop groups held discussions on key collaborative topics of communication/advance care planning, pain and symptom management, and coordination of care/transition management (CCTM). Nursing has historically led the way in CCTM, especially in acute- and long-term-care settings. The philosophy and principles of CCTM are in direct alignment with the values and guidelines for quality palliative care. Goals of CCTM include the achievement of optimal health, equal access to care, and appropriate utilization of health care resources, balanced with the patient’s right to self-determination. This article presents an overview of the patient and family outcomes and nursing actions identified by the group regarding CCTM.

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