Help patients through the final stage of their lives.
What does a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner do?
Palliative Care Nurse Practitioners are in a unique position to help patients during a time when they need it most. And not just with physical symptoms, but with their spiritual, mental, and emotional needs as well. When it comes to what ails the patient, the Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner has that covered, too. That’s because he’s a medical professional, specially trained to treat patients who are suffering from terminal or chronic conditions.
When you’re a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, your duties are very similar to those of a Physician. You assess, diagnose, treat, and sometimes even write prescriptions for patients with incurable conditions. Whatever the diagnosis, patients struggle with the burden of knowing their days are numbered, so your goal is to offer pain management that helps them have the best possible quality of life during their final days or months.
Your career as a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner focuses on the patient rather than the disease or ailment. Although you treat symptoms of nausea, pain, mental disorientation, weakness, memory problems, and many others, you also consider the patient’s wishes. That means discussing treatment options; explaining medications, side effects, and surgical procedures; and talking about the patient’s religious or cultural beliefs.
For this position, it’s not enough to simply treat the condition. You have the special ability to offer peace of mind at a time when that might be the only thing the patient needs.