Staffing for End of Life: Challenges and Opportunities


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Abstract

EXECUTIVE SUMMARYWhat would staffing look like if we committed to end-of-life experiences that were designed to honor the needs of the person dying, their loved ones, and the needs of the nurses and care team involved in the dying experience?When we think about the experience of death in a health care setting, it is essential we look at the needs of both patients and caregivers.Attending to the needs of patients and their families facing death, even if well defined, can be difficult to design into staffing plans and budgets in a way that would not put an organization at further financial risk.If we are going to commit to staffing practices that honor dying, in all it's dimensions and for all who are potentially impacted, we will most likely have to step outside traditional thinking to find answers.

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