International Journal of Palliative Nursing, Vol. 19, Iss. 3, 21 Mar 2013, pp 107 - 108

In January 2005 I wrote an editorial for this journal introducing a special edition on education. In it I made three direct observations: that education opportunities for palliative care nurses were growing, that the reality for staff attendance was nevertheless fraught with financial and bureaucratic issues, and lastly that there was no real strategy for the inclusion of palliative or end-of-life care in UK undergraduate nursing curricula (Becker, 2005). Eight years on, it can be argued that, respectively, opportunities are now declining, little has changed, and there has been negligible progress.

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