Competences for paediatric palliative care nurses

Categories: Care.

The main purpose of this framework is to support the delivery of high quality, evidence-based care.

The framework describes the range of knowledge, skills and performance levels required of nurses working in palliative care, to help them achieve safe, effective and accountable practice.

The competences cover four broad areas:

  • communicating effectively with children and young people with palliative care needs
  • providing multidisciplinary holistic care to children and young people with palliative care needs in any care setting 
  • sustaining self and others’ wellbeing, when caring and supporting children, young people and families with their grief, loss and bereavement
  • working with primary carers and healthcare professionals to identify and manage symptoms.

‘RCN competences: palliative care for children and young people’ can be downloaded from the Royal College of Nursing website.

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