Date of Award

Fall 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Committee Chair

Candice Rome


Nurses deliver care to patients 24 hours per day and are experts in the care of critically ill patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). The critical care nurse is trained to assess, treat, and monitor severely ill patients to facilitate their recovery, but may often feel ill-prepared and lacking the support usually available to the hospice or palliative care nurse. It also can be difficult to refocus when the desired outcome changes from stabilizing and getting a critically ill patient better to hospice or end-of-life care (EOLC). The purpose of this project was to improve the delivery of care to hospice patients in the ICU environment through education. To this end, a review of the literature was completed to gain insight into the care of the hospice patient at end-of-life and further, understand how support and awareness could be translated into better training and care of hospice patients and their families.

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