The Advanced Practice Nurse's Role in Palliative Care and the Management of Dyspnea

Rose Anne Indelicato, MSN, APRN-BC, PCM-BC, OCN

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Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing eJournal. 2006;6(4) 

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Conclusion

Given the opportunities provided by the model of palliative care, the APN is poised to fulfill the roles of expert clinician, supporter, and advocate for the patient and family facing life-threatening illness. The management of dyspnea can be complex, but by implementing comprehensive assessment, discussions related to goals of care, and appropriate pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions, the APN can positively impact the quality of life for the patient and family.

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