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Teaching Symptom Management in End-of-Life Care: The Didactic Content and Teaching Strategies Based on the End-of-Life Nursing Education Curriculum

Sherman, Deborah Witt PhD, APRN, ANP, BC-PCM, FAAN; Matzo, Marianne LaPorte PhD, APRN, GNP, BC, FAAN; Coyne, Patrick MSN, APRN, BC-PCM; Ferrell, Betty R. PhD, RN, FAAN; Penn, Barbara K. PhD, RN,BC

Journal for Nurses in Staff Development - JNSD: May/June 2004 - Volume 20 - Issue 3 - pp 103-115
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Relief of symptoms for patients and families throughout the illness trajectory requires that palliative care practitioners have knowledge and skill, both in assessment and use of pharmacologic and complementary therapies. This article presents the didactic content of symptom assessment and management, and the experiential experiences used in a nondrug laboratory within the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) curriculum.

This article presents the didactic content of symptom assessment and management and the experiential experiences used in a nondrug laboratory within the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium curriculum.

Deborah Witt Sherman, PhD, APRN, ANP, BC-PCM, FAAN, is ELNEC Faculty and Advisory Board Member and Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Advanced Practice Palliative Care Master's and Post-Master's Programs, at the Division of Nursing, New York University, New York, NY.

Marianne LaPorte Matzo, PhD, APRN, GNP, BC, FAAN, is ELNEC Faculty and Advisory Board Member and Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts-Worcester, Massachusetts.

Patrick Coyne, MSN, APRN, BC-PCM, is Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia.

Betty R. Ferrell, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Principal Investigator at the ELNEC Training Program and Research Scientist at the City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, California.

Barbara K. Penn, PhD, RN,BC, is Director, Member Education, at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, DC.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.

ADDRESS FOR REPRINTS: Deborah Witt Sherman, PhD, APRN, ANP, BC-PCM, FAAN, New York University, 246 Greene Street, New York, NY 10003-6677 (e-mail: das1@nyu.edu).

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