Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Purpose & Scope

  • This guideline focuses on recommendations for adults, aged 18 years and older, who have reached the part of the illness trajectory that includes the last days and hours of life.
  • The guideline does not replace consultation with palliative care specialists, who can support nurses to provide quality end-of-life care.
  • The guideline is intended to be a resource to nurses who may not be experts in this practice area.
Clinical Management
End-of-Life Care During the Last Days and Hours
Background Information