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Staff Nurse Palliative Care

Clinical Practice
Career Pathway

Career Directions

  • Clinical Practice

Area of Practice

  • Adult Nursing


  • Independent/Voluntary Sector

Job/Role Summary

  • Assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care for patients with palliative care needs
  • Holistic care provision for patients and their families


Specific qualifications and experience required

  • Registered Nurse
  • Level 1 Adult Nursing


Career Milestones

During my nursing training I was fortunate enough to spend two valuable learning placements in the palliative care environment. I also came across patients within a community setting who had palliative care needs. These periods and experiences helped in developing an insight to the management of and symptom control for patients with palliative care needs. This time also gave me an opportunity to develop the required skills for working with this type of patient.


What attracted you to this job?

  • This job requires the post holder to develop a holistic approach to care which is so often overlooked in other nursing environments but which I feel is very important
  • My student experiences inspired a genuine interest and enthusiasm to learn more and provide the best possible standards of care for patients in a palliative care setting


Enjoyable aspects of the job/role

  • The positive fulfilment I receive when I see a patient's quality of life improving through nursing interventions and being a part of this process
  • Working within a team which is focused on a common goal
  • Good working relationships and a supportive atmosphere with my colleagues


Important success factors

  • The support of a clinical education facilitator in the early months of my post
  • The support of an experienced mentor
  • The support of other colleagues within my workplace who presented with a non-judgemental willingness to be helpful to me


Advice for those considering the type of job/role?

I would encourage them to think in depth as to why they want to work in a palliative care setting as it can be emotionally draining and demands commitment and dedication in order to keep up to date with clinical procedures and developments.You must be prepared to work beyond your shift parameters at times in order to deliver the best standard of care for your patients.You must be willing to undertake additional education courses to maximise your knowledge and skills development.


Key skills that can be gained within this job/role?

  • Time management skills
  • Communication skills
  • Skills in dealing with difficult situations
  • Skills in dealing with the public during a very anxious, vulnerable time of their lives
  • Skills in the use of specialised equipment


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