Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)




Palliative care is aimed at alleviating the suffering of patients with serious or chronic illnesses. Literature examined to determine the needs of seriously or chronically ill patients and their farnilies found patients to have physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs while coping with their illness. In addition, patients' family needed support in physical care of their loved ones, as well as information and psychosocial needs for themselves. The purpose of this project is to develop a proposal for an inpatient palliative care program for Olmsted Medical Center's (OMC's) consideration, Watson's Theory of Caring was utilized in the development of a palliative care proposal for OMC. By assembling a core planning workgroup, aligning with the organization's mission, completing a system and needs assessment, considering program characteristics, and presenting a business plan, a proposal was developed.


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