Recommendations to leverage the palliative nursing role during covid-19 and future public health crises

William E. Rosa, Tamryn F. Gray, Kimberly Chow, Patricia M. Davidson, J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, Viola Karanja, Judy Khanyola, Julius D.N. Kpoeh, Joseph Lusaka, Samuel T. Matula, Polly Mazanec, Patricia J. Moreland, Shila Pandey, Amisha Parekh de Campos, Salimah H. Meghani

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With the daily number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and associated deaths rising exponentially, social fabrics on a global scale are being worn by panic, uncertainty, fear, and other consequences of the health care crisis. Comprising more than half of the global health care workforce and the highest proportion of direct patient care time than any other health professional, nurses are at the forefront of this crisis. Throughout the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, palliative nurses will increasingly exercise their expertise in symptom management, ethics, communication, and end-of-life care, among other crucial skills. The literature addressing the palliative care response to COVID-19 has surged, and yet, there is a critical gap regarding the unique contributions of palliative nurses and their essential role in mitigating the sequelae of this crisis. Thus, the primary aim herein is to provide recommendations for palliative nurses and other health care stakeholders to ensure their optimal value is realized and to promote their well-being and resilience during COVID-19 and, by extension, in anticipation of future public health crises.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)260-269
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2020


  • COVID-19
  • Global palliative care
  • Palliative care
  • Palliative nursing
  • Universal health coverage
  • Well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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