HomeSupportive/ Palliative Care

Palliative care is a specialty that addresses quality of life and whole person distress: symptom management, skillful communication, psychosocial and caregiver support, and relief of spiritual and existential pain. Nurse Practitioners provide palliative care in both inpatient and outpatient settings, often as part of an interdisciplinary team including social workers and other health care professionals.  This approach has been seen as focused on end of life or advanced disease patients but is increasingly recognized as improving quality of life across the cancer continuum.  Oncology NP’s supportive care role includes assessment of treatment side effect, symptom management, applying palliative care principles, addressing psychosocial issues and providing care coordination across the continuum, including at the end-of-life.  The oncology NP provides clinical expertise and leadership for integrating palliative care into oncology settings.

Home Care & Palliative Care SIG

Core Curriculum for the Advanced Practice Hospice and Palliative Nurse