First book on neonatal palliative care for nurses is published

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The first ever textbook written by nurses that offers guidance on caring for babies with life-limiting conditions has been published, tying in with the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020.

Neonatal Palliative Care for Nurses provides guidance related to evidence-based palliative care for babies alongside support for their families, bringing together neonatal care and palliative care specialties from a nursing perspective.

The textbook is presented in two parts. The first part includes the background to neonatal palliative care, self-care, legal and ethical concepts, organ donation, models of care, teamwork, and care for the baby and family after death. Part two presents a global snapshot exploring neonatal palliative care in 14 different countries.

Written by international and authoritative neonatal palliative care experts, the book shares experiences of parental involvement through case studies and parental quotes. A panel of neonatal nurses highlights key points for practice at the end of each chapter.

Editors Alexandra Mancini, Jayne Price and Tara Kerr-Elliott launched the book at Child Bereavement UK’s 10th Neonatal Palliative and End of Life Care Conference in Leeds.

The editors thanked the contributors, including Prof Julia Downing, the Chief Executive of the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN), saying: “We’d like to thank their vast expertise and belief that nurses together with our Neonatal and Children’s Palliative Care colleagues can make a positive and significant difference for babies and their families”.

Currently, no other textbook exists offering such guidance specifically for nurses and allied healthcare professionals.

Neonatal Palliative Care for Nurses is out now on Springer

This year is the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. Each month Hospice UK is profiling a different nurse to highlight the vital work they do – watch the videos on their YouTube channel