Hospice: The Nursing Perspective. Sylvia H Schraff. New York, National League for Nursing, 1984, softcover, $24.95.
The hospice movement has experienced a phenomenal growth during the past decade with at least 1 ,500 hospices now in the United States alone. By comparing the history and philosophy of the hospice setting to the hospital environment, and by analyzing the philosophy of healing, this book answers the question, "What makes hospice unique?" Emphasizing the importance of the multidisciplinary hospice team, the book also addresses the unique role and contribution of nursing to the concept of healthcare delivery.
This multiauthored text is divided into two sections. Part 1 is comprised of chapters relative to the hospice concept, the development and administration of a hospice program, and current trends and future concerns of hospice. Part 2 provides true-to-life vignettes depicting the implementation of the hospice philosophy in a variety of settings. Chapter 6 is especially valuable as the nursing process is applied to the care of the dying. Considerations unique to hospice care as well as examples of nursing diagnoses are included.
The work of Ms Schraff and her collaborating authors answers the need for a solid, welt-balanced nursing approach to the delivery of hospice care. A rare combination of theory and practical insights, this book is equally valuable for reference and study. While it is an important resource for nurses, other direct hospice service providers and the lay public alike should find it enlightening.