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New book on Palliative and End of Life care published

Posted on 2 May 2023

Academics complete new pre-registration nursing text book exploring palliative and end of life care

Kate Flemming and Beth Hardy with their new book

Congratulations to Professor Kate Flemming and Dr Beth Hardy whose new book ‘Palliative and End of Life Nursing Care’ has been published.

They were approached by Sage publications to write a pre-registration nursing textbook exploring palliative and end of life care in autumn 2020; the book forms part of Sage’s Transforming Nursing Practice series. From the outset they were determined to develop a book that addressed ‘real world’ issues to student nurses when caring for people with life limiting conditions and their families.

As a result, Beth invited preregistration students who had an interest in palliative care to become part of a student advisory group and, over the course of writing the text, seven of the Department’s students were involved in regular meetings, reviewing text and as a sounding board for ideas. Their insight and experiences from practice were invaluable in guiding their writing. Kate and Beth would like to express their sincere thanks to Betty Owino, Dee Duncan-Cottingham, Kate Grainger, Kheira Haffiane, Nisha Reynolds, Lizzie Cunningham and Natasha Toblin.”

The book provides students with key information needed to deliver effective and safe end of life care for patients and their families. Crucially, it also creates opportunities for them to reflect on their own perspectives on death and dying and explore the impact of this on their practice. The book is fully mapped to the NMC standards of proficiency for registered nurses (2018) and aims to help students to develop a holistic understanding of the fundamental principles and practice of palliative and end of life care. Throughout there are activities which encourage reflection on students’ own perspectives of death and dying and to consider the impact of these on their practice.

More details on the book are available from Sage’s website -