Working in Specialist Palliative Care

Nurses working in specialist palliative care will cover many areas at many levels and have many different responsibilities. They will be working in a variety of settings and geographical locations. Some nurses working in palliative care work alone and some work in specialist palliative care teams.

Palliative care nurses may also intersect with other specialties such as oncology, aged care and chronic disease. They will work in close liaison with generalist palliative care providers. The role of the specialist palliative care nurse in this setting is to educate, empower and validate the generalist team through the provision of quality palliative care. [1]


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  1. Gott, M, Seymour J, Ingleton C, Gardiner C, Bellamy G. 'That's part of everybody's job': the perspectives of health care staff in England and New Zealand on the meaning and remit of palliative care. Palliat Med. 2012 Apr;26:232-41. Epub 2011 Jun 15.

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Last updated 22 January 2017