Palliative Care Nurses and Mental Health Nurses: Sharing Common Ground?

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This article arose out of discussions, in a higher education setting, concerning the roles of palliative care nurses and mental health nurses; mental health nursing students frequently argue that they engage in the key principles of palliative care. This led the authors to consider the students’ arguments more fully and explore the relevant theoretical and empirical literature in palliative care and mental health nursing in order to substantiate or refute the claims put forward. This article examines the needs of palliative care patients and mental health patients and considers the core areas of similarity and difference between the roles of registered general nurses and mental health nurses. As a result, the authors urge palliative care managers to consider the arguments put forward with a view to redressing the current imbalance concerning the employment of registered mental health nurses in palliative care settings.


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