Recommended Reading for Hospice Nurses

  1. I am completely new to hospice nursing. Would some of you extend yourselves to forming a recommended reading list? I would be very appreciative .

    -Deanna

    Oh, and can we make it a sticky?
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  3. by   HPN9
    book - Palliative Care Perspectives - James L. Hallenbeck, MD

    Also www.growthhouse.org - great Hospice/Palliative website
  4. by   EricJRN
    Thread stuck. Great idea!
  5. by   RN4hospice
    One of the best books I read when I first started hospice was called "Final Gifts" by Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley. Both ladies are hospice nurses. The book is about understanding the special needs, awareness and communications of the dying. A MUST read for all hospice workers!
  6. by   SCgirl1962
    Another great book is called " Midwives for Souls ".
  7. by   jerseyRN
    I'm With You Now
    I'm Here to Help

    by M. Catherine Ray

    and I keep my med-surg textbook in the trunk of the car for quick reference
  8. by   bay bay
    "Healing Conversations" by Nance Guilmartin
    I had the honor of meeting this author at a seminar, and found her extremely helpful. check out her website at www.NanceGuilmartin.com
    You won't be disappointed!
  9. by   req_read
    I highly recommend that anyone going into hospice work, whether they be a nurse, social worker, physician or whatever, read some of John Bradshaw’s books on family systems. Better yet, his original 10 hour show on that subject (on PBS and available on VHS… and I presume DVD by now) should be required in all hospice orientation.


    Last edit by sirI on Mar 5, '08 : Reason: TOS
  10. by   hospicemom
    I agree that "final gifts" is a book everyone should read, also "hospice choice"
  11. by   weetziebat
    There are several books I love but they're at work now, and I don't remember the titles. One book we look on as a 'bible' is "Symptom Control in Hospice and Palliative Care" by Peter Kaye. I'd recommend it highly.
  12. by   elway
    a very helpful artical helps staff deal with difficult questions
    RESPONDING TO DESIRE TO DIE STATEMENTS FROM PATIENTS WITH ADVANCED DISEASE:RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. in the Palliative Medicine 2006:20:703-710 Peter L Hudson et al (its a journal)
  13. by   zuzi
    good resources! also i am interested to know more about. if you have some links or any kind of other resources please share them. i really would like to learn more about this nursing care specialty.
    :wink2:
  14. by   aimeee
    I especially like the Fast Facts at this website. You will find one about almost every aspect of symptom management as well as about a number of ethical issues:

    http://www.eperc.mcw.edu/

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