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SXU prof. co-authors article in Nephrology Nursing Journal

Mary Haras’ article offers advice on end-of-life issues

news story imageChicago (Jan. 28, 2009) Saint Xavier University professor Mary S. Haras, MS, MBA, APN, NP-C, CNN, recently co-authored an article about nurses’ level of involvement with kidney disease patients in Nephrology Nursing Journal.

Haras, an assistant professorial lecturer at Saint Xavier’s School of Nursing, co-authored the article “Advance Care Planning for Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease – Why Aren’t Nurses More Involved?” in the November-December 2008 edition of the journal.

Haras and her co-authors (Christine M. Ceccarelli, MSN, RN, MBA, CNN; and Debra Castner, MSN, RN, APNC-BC, CN) examine the reasons why 65 percent of dialysis patients do not have end-of-life care plans in place and explore the nurse’s role in ensuring optimum planning in this area.

The article cites several studies that indicate nurses fear patient/family reactions to the topic, lack confidence in starting end-of-life conversations, feel uncertain their supervisors will support their efforts and are unsure how to handle patients' religious and cultural beliefs

Haras previously published an article in the September-October 2008 edition of Nephrology Nursing Journal. She was the sole author of “Planning for a Good Death: A Neglected but Essential part of ESRD Care.” This article reviews the need for practice improvement in end-of-life care and a review of the current literature.

To read Haras’ most recent article, please visit http://www.annanurse.org/download/reference/journal/ND2008/35553557.pdf.


Contact: Rick Ducat
773-298-3325 or ducat@sxu.edu