Improving Knowledge, Comfort, and Confidence of Nurses Providing End-of-Life Care in the Hospital Setting Through Use of the CARES Tools

Alison Stacy, DNP, RN, AGACNP-BC; Kathy Magdic, DNP, ACNP-BC, FAANP; Margaret Rosenzweig, PhD, FNP-C, AOCNP, FAAN; Bonnie Freeman, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, ACHPN; Denise Verosky, MSN, RN, CNS


Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing. 2019;21(3):200-206. 

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Implications and Recommendations for Nursing Practice

Use of the CARES tool can help nurses provide optimal, evidence-based EOL care to dying patients and their families. Final Journey can be used as an opportunity to improve the EOL experience as perceived by families of dying patients. Improving QOD in the hospital setting is becoming increasingly important. Improving EOL care provided by nurses and improving the EOL experience for families of the dying are 2 main focuses for quality improvement that can be achieved through the use of the CARES tools.