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Hospital-based Palliative Care TeamsThe Hospital/Hospice Interface$
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R. J. Dunlop and J. M. Hockley

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780192629807

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629807.001.0001

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Selecting team members

Selecting team members

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There are two other steps that are essential to the planning process: developing job descriptions and selecting team members. This chapter looks at these steps. It also considers clinical nurse specialists, doctors, secretaries, psychologists, social workers, chaplains, volunteers, and recruiting team members. The descriptions of the tasks, responsibilities, and skills required of team members are based on the collective experiences of various teams visited and interviewed by the authors. Palliative care teams have developed a variety of responses to meet the needs of dying patients and their families in different hospitals. In almost all palliative care teams, clinical nurse specialists form the backbone of the service. One or more doctors, a social worker, a psychologist, a secretary, and the clergy may also be represented in many different combinations.

Keywords:   clinical nurse specialists, doctors, psychologists, social workers, palliative care

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