Since 2008, when palliative care was officially recognized as medical field, more than 18,000 nurses have become palliative care certified. These remarkable nurses have been formally trained to merge the art of caring and the science of medicine to provide person-focused, family-oriented care regardless of the environment.
Palliative care nurses are integral members of a patient’s interdisciplinary health care team. Often the person in regular contact with the patients and families, in hospital, home, or other community-based settings, they bring a holistic perspective to a patient’s well-being. Committed to promoting the highest quality of life, palliative care nurses include the social, psychological, spiritual, and physical needs of a patient to provide care that is compassionate and individualized.
In honor of 2020 Year of the Nurse, we want to acknowledge the tremendous efforts of our 15 Sojourns® Scholar nurses. These emerging palliative care leaders, working in a variety of subspecialties and settings such as pediatrics, primary and emergency care, education and research, are helping to transform the health care system and ensure all people with serious illness and their caregivers have access to quality palliative care in the setting they choose.
Visit the Sojourns Scholar Leadership program page to learn more about the work of each of these amazing nurses.
2020 Year of the Nurse -- We Thank Our Sojourns® Scholar Nurses
Palliative care nurses are integral members of a patient’s interdisciplinary team and help to ensure all people with serious illness and their caregivers have access to quality palliative care.
By Mary Frances Baldes
May 21, 2020