Being Present: A Nurse's Resource for End-of-Life Communication

In Being Present: A Nurse’s Resource for End-of-Life Communication, authors Marjorie Schaffer and Linda Norlander offer strategies to help nurses talk with patients and families about their needs, hopes, and wishes as they face their own death or that of a loved one.

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In Being Present: A Nurse’s Resource for End-of-Life Communication, authors Marjorie Schaffer and Linda Norlander offer strategies to help nurses talk with patients and families about their needs, hopes, and wishes as they face their own death or that of a loved one. The strategies are based on research by nurses in the United States and Norway.

Each chapter presents a real-life account of nurses dealing with near-death patients and their families and includes the best communication techniques. Chapters also include topics for discussion and further reflection that are useful for group learning.

About the Authors

Marjorie Schaffer, RN, BA, MS, PhD, is professor of nursing at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. As a Fulbright Senior Scholar, she lectured and conducted research on end-of-life care in Norway, and she is the recipient of the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium Award. She has written 40 articles and book chapters and speaks nationally and internationally on end-of-life care and decision-making.

Linda Norlander, RN, BSN, MS, is manager of the Tacoma, Washington-based Group Health Home Care and Hospice program. An expert on end-of-life care, advance care planning, and hospice, she has written and spoken extensively on these topics at national nursing conferences. She is the author of To Comfort Always: A Nurse’s Guide to End-of-Life Care and is coauthor of Choices at the End of Life: Finding Out What Your Parents Want Before It’s Too Late. She received several national research grants to improve the quality of care for dying patients in Minnesota. Norlander is a former Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow.