Jeannine Brant on Integrating Palliative Care and the Nurse's Role

Jeannine Brant, PhD, APRN, AOCN, oncology clinical nurse specialist, nurse scientist, Billings Clinic, discusses the best way to integrate palliative care and what role the nurse can play in palliative care.

Jeannine Brant, PhD, APRN, AOCN, oncology clinical nurse specialist, nurse scientist, Billings Clinic, discusses the best way to integrate palliative care and what role the nurse can play in palliative care.

Brant says a team approach is needed in order to have a successful palliative care approach. The team of medical professionals needs to help develop standards and guidelines to set a framework for practice.

Everyone in the team ends up learning from each other, Brant says. At the Billings Clinic supportive care team meeting, each member discusses patients as a team to develop the best approach. Brant also mentions it is important to recognize the value of every team member.

Nurses often end up being the drivers of some of these processes because they are skilled at putting teams together and developing standards and structures, Brant says. Nurses often have a strong leadership role for implementing palliative care practices.

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