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Keywords

advanced practice, advocacy, doulas, end of life, nursing, palliative care, spiritual care

 

Authors

  1. Lentz, Judith C.

Abstract

ABSTRACT: Walking the journey of serious illness is very difficult and stressful for patients and families. A universal principle of palliative care is caring for the patient/family unit. This article introduces a model for the Palliative Care Doula for experienced and advanced practice palliative care nurses to support patients and families during the traumatic and vulnerable period of end-of-life care.