Nursing & Healthcare News
Palliative Care and Moral Distress
Study calls for greater education and support
How much do critical care RNs know about palliative care? Not nearly enough, says a recent institutional study in the October 2019 issue of Critical Care Nurse, which warns that nurses may be paying a psychological price for this lack of knowledge.
Even in fields like critical care and oncology, many nurses still receive little or no education in palliative care, which prioritizes a seriously ill patient’s quality of life over treatment for treatment’s sake.
According to University of Virginia School of Nursing Professor Ken White, AGACNP-BC, Ph.D., ACHPN, FACHE, FAAN, coauthor of a recent institutional study in the October 2019 issue of Critical Care Nurse, critical care RNs “believe that all the palliative care competencies are important, but they don’t rate themselves as competent in those areas.”