Communication in Palliative Nursing

Hardcover | January 8, 2013

byElaine Wittenberg-Lyles, Joy Goldsmith, Betty Ferrell

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Communication in Palliative Nursing unites complementary work in communication studies and nursing research to present a theoretically grounded curriculum for teaching palliative care communication to nurses. The chapters outline the COMFORT curriculum, comprised of these elements:Communication, Orientation and opportunity, Mindful presence, Family, Openings, Relating, and Team communication. Central to this curriculum is the need for nurses to practice self-care. Based on a narrative approach to communication, which addresses communication skills development holistically, this volume teaches nurses to consider a holistic model of communication that aligns with the holistic nature of palliative care. This work moves beyond the traditional and singular view ofthe nurse as patient and family teacher, to embrace more complex communication challenges present in palliative care -- namely, providing care and comfort through communication at a time when patients, families, and nurses themselves are suffering. In addition to collaborating with physicians, the nurse's role involves speaking with patients and families after they have received bad news and often extends to discussions of spiritual and religious concerns. This book covers communication theory, clinical tools, and teaching resources to helpnurses enhance their own communication and create comfort for themselves, as well as for patients and their families.

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Communication in Palliative Nursing unites complementary work in communication studies and nursing research to present a theoretically grounded curriculum for teaching palliative care communication to nurses. The chapters outline the COMFORT curriculum, comprised of these elements:Communication, Orientation and opportunity, Mindful pre...

Elaine Wittenberg-Lyles is Associate Professor at Markey Cancer Center, College of Communication, University of Kentucky. She holds a PhD in Communication from the University of Oklahoma, and her research focuses on interdisciplinary communication and collaboration among hospice and palliative care teams. In 2010, she was named the Le...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:340 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:January 8, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199796823

ISBN - 13:9780199796823

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Table of Contents

Nessa Coyle: ForewordPrefaceAcknowledgments1. Defining and Understanding Communication2. Communicate3. Orientation and Opportunity4. Mindful Presence5. Family6. Openings7. Relating8. Team9. Communicating Self-Care Needs