Palliative care nursing education: opportunities for gerontological nurses.

Mary Ersek, Betty R. Ferrell

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Approximately 80% of Americans who die each year are 65 or older. Increasingly, gerontological nurses are asked to deliver high quality end-of-life care. Studies, however, have identified deficiencies in the delivery of care to older adults who are dying-particularly those who die in nursing homes. Enhancing nursing education and training in end-of-life care is one strategy proposed as a remedy for inadequate care for nursing home residents who are dying. This article reviews the current status of end-of-life nursing home care, describes the philosophy and components of quality palliative care, and provides information about opportunities and resources for educating gerontological nurses in end-of-life care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-51
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of gerontological nursing
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Gerontology


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