UK: Nurses express “profound” concerns about care of dying

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The survey, carried out by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), found that only one in nine nurses felt they were always able to give the right level of care to their patients.

In addition to a lack of time, a lack of resources and training were also highlighted as barriers to providing dying people with the right care.

RCN chief executive Dr Carter said: “Hundreds have told us about the honour and privilege of caring for people at the end of their lives. However, many are also profoundly troubled by their experiences of trying to deliver care for the dying, against a backdrop of staff shortages, lack of resources, inadequate training, cost pressures and rising demand.

“Nursing the dying is an art, as well as a science. It cannot be reduced to a process of drug administration or a series of required nursing tasks, however important these things are.”

Commenting on the survey findings, Dr Ros Taylor, National Director for Hospice Care at the charity Hospice UK, said: “We are really saddened by the shocking results of this survey. What it shows is that nurses desperately want to provide sensitive and gentle care for dying people, but huge numbers feel they don’t have the time, support and training to do so.

“We completely agree with Dr Peter Carter that care of the dying is an art and that nurses are at the heart of this care. We know what good care looks like but it’s not easy.”

Read more on this story in the UK edition of ehospice.

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