Feature ArticlesAcute Care Nurses' Experiences of Basic Palliative CareNeiman, Tammy PhD, RNAuthor Information Tammy Neiman, PhD, RN, is assistant professor, School of Nursing, Minnesota State University, Mankato. Address correspondence to Tammy Neiman, PhD, RN, 3218 E 54th St, Minneapolis, MN 55417 (firstname.lastname@example.org). The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose. Online date: January 21, 2020 Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing: April 2020 - Volume 22 - Issue 2 - p 101-107 doi: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000622 Buy Metrics Abstract As the population of chronically ill, older adults increases, there is a growing need for palliative care. The Institute of Medicine recommends that health care providers have a basic competency in palliative care. However, the definition of basic palliative care in practice and providers' understanding of basic palliative care lack clarity. The purpose of this study was to describe nurses' perceptions of basic palliative care in the acute care setting. This was accomplished by conducting focus group and individual interviews. The major themes of helping families navigate chronic illness and empowering families and subthemes of being present, giving options, and advocating emerged from the analysis. Through education and role modeling, nurses helped families navigate illness and end-of-life experiences. Study findings describe acute care nurses' perceptions of basic palliative care and may help to identify the educational needs of nurses in order to provide basic palliative care for patients and their families in acute care settings. © 2020 by The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.