DNP Projects

Promoting End-of-Life Care and Healthcare Worker Well-Being: Implementing the 3 Wishes Project in an Oncology Intensive Care Unit

Meagan L. Gallagher

Jeanette P. Brown

Douglass B. Clapp

Scott S. Christensen

intensive care unit, critical care, palliative care, job satisfaction, oncology nursing
CJON 2024, 28(3), 257-262. DOI: 10.1188/24.CJON.257-262

This scholarly project implemented the 3 Wishes Project (3WP), which aims to fulfill the final wishes of dying critically ill patients, in a 16-bed tertiary intensive care unit (ICU). The project assessed outcomes through surveys, mortality, and intervention records. The initial implementation involved 11 patients and 49 fulfilled wishes. A comparison of pre- and postintervention data showed statistically significant increases in perceptions of end-of-life care, services, and interprofessional communication. All found the 3WP valuable for patients and families, and 61% reported boosted morale.

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