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Antea Worldwide Palliative Care Conference

Rome, 12-14 November 2008

ABSTRACT FORM

Presenting author A CORE CURRICULUM FOR PALLIATIVE NURSING IN LATIN AMERICA.
Clara-Granda Cameron
Authors (max 6, presenting author included): ALCP Nursing Commission, Clara Granda-
Email: Cameron – USA
@uphs.upen n.edu]
Significance & Background: The demand for palliative nursing care is increasing as
Phone a result of the following: a growth in the number of palliative care programs
worldwide, and the fact that nurses make a major contribution to the improvement of
quality of life of patients with chronic diseases. Preparation of nurses in palliative care
Mobile phone becomes a priority. A Core Curriculum for Palliative Nursing Care is a key element for
nursing education in Latin America. Purpose: The Latin American Association of
Palliative Care Nursing Commission developed a Core Curriculum for Palliative Nursing
in the Latin America Region. This curriculum was created in response to a palliative
Please underline the most nursing diagnostic survey conducted by the Nursing Commission in 2007. The survey
appropriate category for your assessed the palliative care needs of nurses in the Region. Results of the survey
abstract showed that a major problem to the development of palliative nursing in Latin
America is the lack of academic programs in palliative care at the graduate level. The
• Pain and other symptoms
purpose of this curriculum is to provide guidance in the development and
• Palliative care for cancer patients implementation of graduate programs in palliative care nursing in Latin America.
• Palliative care for non cancer Interventions: The Nursing Commission developed an initial document of the Core
patients Curriculum that was presented at the Palliative Care Congress in Lima-Peru in March,
• Paediatric palliative care 2008. After an animated discussion among palliative care nurses, a number of
recommendations were suggested and added later on to the document. A number of
• Palliative care for the elderly
resources has been used including the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care
• The actors of palliative care
Palliative Nursing Core Curriculum, the ELNEC curriculum, the National Quality Forum
• Latest on drugs Consensus Report on Palliative and Hospice Care Quality, the Center to Advance
• Pain Palliative Care (CAPC), and the Bloom’s Taxonomy among others. Once finalized, the
document will be revised by palliative nursing experts. We anticipate this Curriculum
• Illness and suffering through to be endorsed by a worldwide recognized nursing and/or palliative care association.
media Evaluation: The development of the Curriculum includes essential components of
both the nursing profession and palliative care. First, the knowledge and skills
• Marginalisation and social stigma
expected in palliative care nurses should be incorporated within the different nursing
at the end of life
roles: patient care, coordination, education, research, and administration. Second,
• Palliative care advocacy projects
the palliative care concept should be introduced as a continuum of care beginning at
• Prognosis and diagnosis the time of diagnosis through the bereavement period, and not only as end-of-life
communication in care. Preparation of nurses at the specialty level should include: a) palliative care
different cultures domains -physical, psychological, social, spiritual, cultural, and ethical -, b) palliative
care structure including program development, models of care delivery, bereavement
• Communication between doctor- programs, education programs, quality assurance, performance measurement,
patient and patient- patient outcomes. Third, the advance level of nursing practice includes a greater
equipe depth in the theoretical concepts of palliative care and its application in advanced
• Religions and cultures versus clinical practice. High critical thinking is crucial in the education of nurses at the
suffering, death and specialty level. Discussion: Education of nurses in palliative care at the graduate
bereavement level is critical to provide high quality of care to patients. A Curriculum in Palliative
Nursing ensures that nurses receive excellent academic preparation.
• Public institution in the world:
palliative care policies
and law
• Palliative care: from villages to metropolies

• Space, light and gardens for the terminally ill patient
• End-of-life ethics
• Complementary therapies
• Education, training and research
• Session: Core curricula

• Fund-raising and no-profit
Chair of the session: Dott. Giuseppe Casale, Dott. Franco De Conno
• Bereavement support
• Volunteering in palliative care
• Rehabilitation in palliative care
• Core curricula