The development of palliative care protocols for the emergency and oncology nurses in the government hospitals of the Western Cape
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Background: Palliative care is specialised health care to support people living with a terminal illness, and their families. Palliative care aims to prevent and relieve suffering, to help people to live as well as possible until they die, and to support the processes of dying and bereavement. Palliative care is holistic care provided by Emergency and Oncology Nurses caring for cancer patients. Palliative care protocols for Professional Nurses working in Emergency Units and Oncology Departments are not always posted or in full view in the government hospitals of the Western Cape. The researcher had noted that the development of a palliative care protocol would be unique in its use at the three targeted government hospitals. Aims and Objectives: This study focused on the development and implementation of palliative care protocols for Emergency and Oncology Nurses in the targeted government hospitals of the Western Cape, i.e., protocols could be beneficial for cancer patients and their families. The overall aim of the research was to develop applied palliative care protocols for Emergency and Oncology Nurses to provide best practice palliative care nursing for Oncology Patients who may present at any one of three Western Cape Provincial Hospitals.