Margery WilsonNurse Practitioner For Wellmont Medical Associates Palliative Care Published Nationally

Margery Wilson, a coordinator and nurse practitioner with Wellmont Medical Associates Palliative Medicine at Bristol Regional Medical Center, has been nationally published by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.

The chapter, titled "Heart Failure," was published in the book Core Curriculum for the Advanced Practice Hospice and Palliative Registered Nurse 2nd Edition. The chapter assists advanced practice nurses in treating patients with chronic and end-stage cardiac failure and provides guidelines for advanced practice protocols.

The book provides a foundation of knowledge advanced practice nurses can use to better provide palliative care.

Wilson was asked to write this chapter while she attended the annual meeting of the American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine/Hospice and Palliative Nurse Association in Vancouver, British Columbia. She had written a chapter about pain management in an earlier edition of the same book.

Wilson spent 16 months researching and writing the latest chapter.

"I was humbled to be asked to write this chapter and privileged to be able to do this for my peers nationally," Wilson said. "I am even more honored to be given so much support throughout this process by Wellmont Health System."

During her career, Wilson has also written Advance Practice Oncology & Palliative Care Guidelines with Wendy Vogel, a nurse practitioner with the Wellmont Cancer Institute, and the pain management chapter in the Hospice and Palliative Care Core Curriculum for RNs for the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.

She has also written or co-written multiple internal materials, including clinical practice guidelines for Wellmont Medical Associates Palliative Care, brochures on mechanical ventilation, a guide about the intensive care unit and a book of prayers.

Palliative care providers assist patients with the prevention of pain and suffering and are a key component of Wellmont's Healing Environment philosophy. They use a multidisciplinary approach and address various stages of illness for patients with chronic or curable conditions. They commonly participate in hospice and end-of-life care.