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Nurses’ Use of Art in Hospice Settings

Miller, Maura Farrell PhD, ACHPN, GNP, PMHCNS, BC; Kravits, Kate MA, RN, HNB-BC, LPC, NCC, ATR-BC

Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing: February 2013 - Volume 15 - Issue 1 - p 5–10
doi: 10.1097/NJH.0b013e31827ce345
Research and Practice: Partners in Care Series

Nurses can play an important role in the planning, interior design, and decor of hospices. The role of nurses in the selection of art for hospices has not been documented previously. It is important for all nurses to advocate for their terminally ill patients by ensuring environments of care that promote privacy, comfort, are aesthetically pleasing and appropriate for dying patients and their families. Researchers have found that certain types of art may negatively impact patients and families. It is prudent, then, for nurses to consider the use of art to enhance the bedroom environments of dying patients, where patients will most likely spend their final moments of life.

Maura Farrell Miller, PhD, ACHPN, GNP, PMHCNS, BC, is Hospice and Palliative Care Program Coordinator, VA Medical Center, West Palm Beach, Florida.

Kate Kravits, MA, RN, HNB-BC, LPC, NCC, ATR-BC, is Senior Research Specialist, Nursing Research and Education, Division of Nursing Research and Education, City of Hope, Duarte, California.

Address correspondence to Maura Farrell Miller, PhD, ACHPN, GNP, PMHCNS, BC, Hospice and Palliative Care Programs, VA Medical Center, 7305 North Military Trail, GEC #114, West Palm Beach, FL 33410. (

The authors have no conflict of interest to disclose.

© 2013 The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association