TheBSN graduates play an advocacy role during palliative care. Thenurses collaborate with the terminally ill patients to design themost appropriate care. During the process, the BSN experts provideinformation and ensure a shared decision-making process towards thetreatment by creating patients’ consent. They translate and explainthe doctor’s recommendations in a manner that is understandable byboth the patients and their family (6 Principles of palliative care,2016).

TheBSN nurse is responsible for ensuring the provision of a caringattitude for the patient by depicting sensitivity, compassion,empathy, and concern for all the patients suffering. During theprocess, the BSN therapists assist in incorporating the cultural,ethnic, and racial factors in the patient care process. They alsoconduct a frequent evaluation of the patients to identify the besttime to initiate the palliative care process. Based on the patients’health, the nurses depict inappropriate practices during palliativecare. Such practices include the use of antibiotics, subcutaneousfluids, resuscitation, and conducting routine blood tests. They alsoprovide advice regarding when to discontinue the inappropriatepractices during palliative care (WebMD, n.d).

Incontrast, the Registered Nurses (RNs) oversee the daily management ofthe patients. Their key responsibilities revolve around symptom andpain management. The RNs are in charge of conducting culturalpractices and aiding the patients in decision making throughout thedeath process (Hebert, 2011).

Thenurses face ethical problems in choosing between the freedoms of thepatients to reject medication and controlling possible harm to thepatient. Although the sick have the right to reject treatment, nursesface the danger of litigation by causing harm to their clients. Theethical problem springs from the fact that the nurses are aware thattreatment is essential, and palliative care might harm the patient.Consequently, the nurse may wonder whether they have the right toforce the patient to accept treatment (Bandman &amp Bandman, 2002).


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