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8th Edition of Nursing World Conference

October 17-19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA

October 17 -19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA
NWC 2018

Amanda M Whateley

Speaker at Nursing Conference - Amanda M Whateley
Rainbows Children and Young People’s Hospice, United Kingdom
Title : Could we, should we, can we? Ethical dilemmas in palliative and end of life care


Current ethical dilemmas met by nurses in hospitals, hospices, primary care and the community are increasing as a result of advances in technology and medicines over recent years. Working in all of these areas, nurses will be caring for patients who are at the end of life or on the borderline of life; and at a point where decisions need to be made about the continuation or discontinuation of treatments. The presentation will focus on some of the common ethical dilemmas faced by nurses and the approaches that they can use, in collaboration with their multi-disciplinary teams, to address these challenges in order to think about the implications of the decisions and about whether they could, should and ultimately can, provide the care. Differences in practice across the globe, with both ethical and legal considerations, will be discussed.


I am a Registered Adult Nurse and Registered Children’s Nurse and have spent the past 5 years working in a hospice caring for children and young people aged 0 to 30 years. I have worked as a community nurse caring for adults and children with complex needs and long term ventilation in their own homes, providing training and leadership to a team of nurses and carers. I was a ward sister on a children’s oncology and haematology unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital following completion of a diploma in children’s oncological nursing. I have an MA in Medical Ethics and Palliative Care.