Nursing Clinical Directors have observed that new nurses are less experienced and show increased discomfort with end of life care. This may stem from the national trend indicating that undergraduate and graduate nursing programs are decreasing experience with end-of-life care. This project aims to educate and improve nurse quality in this area.
Improvements in Action
The goals of Comfort and Dignity at End-of-Life are to improve end-of-life patient/family centered care at the bedside, to enhance clinical leadership skills, to develop new “frontline” nursing clinical leaders using a Peer Nursing Coach model, and to support the deployment of palliative care at the clinical level using educational and clinical practice supports.
Results – In Progress
73 Peer Nursing Coaches from 34 nursing units participated. Peer Nursing Coaches and New Hire Nurses had significant, positive changes in their EOL indicators. Unit-based educational materials were provided to 44 inpatient and support units and, overall coaching activities indicated enthusiasm for EOL improvement.
The Beckwith Institute is a fully endowed fund of UPMC.