Ep. 28 – Palliative Care for Everybody? – Marian Grant, DNP, ACNP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, RN

No lie: for a long time, I thought palliative care was hospice care & thus was for dying patients. It wasn’t until my grampa became ill & passed away during PT school that I truly understood what palliative care actually is. While he didn’t have cancer, it was such a blessing for my family to help with his end-of-life care with a dynamite palliative care multi-disciplinary team. Now that I work in oncology, I’ve begun to work much more closely with palliative care services but am still learning as I go. Dr. Marian Grant, DNP, ACNP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, RN was the first speaker at the Cowtown Oncology Nursing Symposium I attended in March, & did she start out our day with a dynamite presentation! Not only did I walk away with way more info, I could tell by the conversations that began at my table afterwards that she really dropped some serious wisdom – so of course I had to invite her on TheOncoPT Podcast!


Marian Grant is Senior Regulatory Advisor for the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), a consultant for the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), the Community Health Accreditation Partners (CHAP), and the Cambia Foundation and Health Solutions, and a palliative care nurse practitioner at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She is adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins Schools of Nursing. In 2014, she was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow. Dr. Grant has served on the board of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, been faculty for ELNEC, the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium, and speaks nationally and internationally on palliative care. Before becoming a nurse, she had a career in marketing at the Procter & Gamble Company and worked on the Max Factor and Cover Girl cosmetics brands.  

“Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness.”

1:33 Dr. Grant’s first foray into palliative care

3:44 What is palliative care?

6:20 Who is & isn’t a candidate for palliative care?

8:25 Palliative care: not just a buzz phrase

16:44 How can OncoPTs better serve patients who are receiving palliative care services

18:11 What else should we know about palliative care?


Interested in Dr. Grant’s presentation from the Cowtown Oncology Nursing Symposium? Download it here.

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