According to the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA), approximately 16% to 30% of Canadians who die have access to or receive hospice palliative and end-of-life care services – depending on where they live in Canada which directly indicates the massive demand for hospice palliative care services. Palliative or end-of-care is associated with advanced, life-limiting illnesses and focuses on comfort and quality of life for patients suffering from these diseases. With the ongoing development of palliative care throughout Canada, healthcare officials are facing a challenge in deciding when and where palliative care services should be developed and configured. The palliative care nursing programs in Canada deliver holistic, cost-effective, evidence-based strategies to fill in/close existing loopholes in palliative care and meet the critical demands/needs of the patients.
The demand for Hospice Palliative Care in Canada:
- An approximated 54 hours per week are required to provide care for an ndividual living with terminal illness
- Canadian seniors account for 75% of death each year in Canada
- It is estimated that by 2031, the ratio of elder Canadians is expected to be between 6.1% to 6.5% of the total Canadian population
Aims/goals of Palliative Care Nursing programs in Canada:
- Ease collaborative partnerships amongst care offering professionals
- Conform with national goals for access to quality palliative care
- Facilitate the consistency and continuous improvement of palliative care
- Promote quality and encourage variation in new and existing palliative care
To prepare practitioners academically, the Canadian nursing colleges advocate the principles and practices of palliative care within the academic training focused on the specialist care of patients. There is however, sufficient evidence to demand immediate measures that need to be taken to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and availability of palliative care for all Canadians. An array of Canadian nursing colleges are currently offering programs designed to provide guidance and recommendations for professionals and health-care practitioners. INSCOL, in partnership with leading universities and colleges, provide palliative care nursing programs that are aligned with the “National Norms and Principles of Practice” that have been developed by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA).
However, the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association is expectant that the professional nurses will increase in numbers and lead to better care for all Canadians. Hence, palliative care nursing programs in Canada are intended to polish the skills of all nursing professionals who are taking care of those individuals living with or dying from terminal illnesses.