Caring for Rural Patients at End of Life: Perceptions of Critical Access Hospital Nurses

Author(s): Renea L. Beckstrand, PhD, RN, CCRN, CNE, Trissa M. Lyman, BS, RN, Karlen E. Luthy, DNP, FNP-C, and Janelle L. B. Macintosh, PhD, RN

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires Sep 01, 2024

Topics: Family-Centered Care, Palliative/End-of-life Care

Population: Adult, Geriatric

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) provide care to a significant portion of the US population. Nurses working in CAHs care for sick and dying patients at the End-of-Life (EOL). A research gap exists concerning the perception of EOL care in CAHs. This study received responses from nurses (n = 188) in 39 CAHS regarding their perceptions of EOL care obstacles and helpful behaviors.


  • Describe how Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) were established and how many US individuals are served by CAHs.
  • Describe how these CAH nurses perceived end-of-life care obstacles and helpful behaviors compared with nurses from more urban hospitals.
  • Identify the most common reported items related to the largest obstacles in providing end-of-life care in CAHs.

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