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CODORNIU, N. et al. Nursing care in Palliative Care: analysis, consensuses and challenges. Index Enferm [online]. 2011, vol.20, n.1-2, pp.71-75. ISSN 1699-5988.

The increasing complexity of care needed by patients with advanced diseases or end-of-life situation, added to variability of health professionals who participate in patient care, make necessary to clarify the specific role of nurses in a interdisciplinary Palliative Care team (PC). Aim: To establish a reflection about the nurse practice in PC. Methodology: Nominal group study. Ten nurses with more than 10 years of experience in PC were selected. The main areas of discussion were: the evolution of care and nursing profession, the general practice of nurses and Palliative Care history. Conclusion: There is the need: a) define nurse's competences in PC; b) describe the professional practice in the frame of a conceptual model and the application of nurse's scientific method; c) advance in a practice based on scientific evidence; d) start a research line about nurse's competences in PC.

Keywords : Nursing care; Palliative care; Challenges; Nursing skills.

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