Palliative Care NSW Volunteer Support Services Programme

Nurses & palliative care volunteers

Palliative care volunteers in inpatient settings typically supplement the emotional support offered by paid staff.

With nurses (including Enrolled Nurses, Registered Nurses, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Clinical Nurse Consultants) comprising the majority of the workforce in inpatient settings it follows that nurses are the clinicians most likely to be in contact with palliative care volunteers, and that the support of nurses is a significant predictor of the success of the role of the palliative care volunteer service.

So what do nurses think of palliative care volunteers?

In 2017 Palliative Care NSW asked nurses in adult inpatient settings about their experiences with palliative care volunteers.

The research was led by Jessica Marsden, with contributions from Kate Bowman, Megan Burke and Alex Huntir. Read the research report below (click on the blue text).