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End of Life - Palliative and Hospice Care

End of Life
Palliative and Hospice Care
End of life care refers to the final weeks of life when death is imminent and unavoidable. In recent years we have witnessed fierce public debates on the subject of death and dying. Studies have supported the need to better address the care of the dying patient. This course discusses the controversies, and presents approaches to meet psychological and physical needs encountered in the dying patient, while empowering the patient.
Purpose and Objective
  • Differentiate between chronic care, palliative care and hospice care.

  • Intervene appropriately to provide terminal comfort care for a patient and his family in the last days of life.

  • Correctly define DNR and identify three levels that can be offered.

  • Identify situations in which the concept of patient autonomy does not apply and the doctor may make the decisions.

  • Correctly define euthanasia, and the differing levels.

  • Examine sections of the Patientís Bill of Rights that support the patientís autonomy in end-of-life care decisions.

  • Identify approaches that can help support a patientís capacity to make health care decisions.

  • Review the legal aspects of advance directives.
Board Approval Information for this Course
Consultants for the Future and this course have been approved by the Florida Boards of Nursing; Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling; Nursing Home Administrators; Occupational Therapy Practice; Speech Therapy and Audiology (clinical); The Council of Certified Nursing Assistancts; Provider No. 50-435; the Iowa Boards of Nursing, Provider No. 61, the Iowa Behavioral Science Examiners for Mental Health Counselors and Marital & Family Therapists, Sponsor No. 1-05, the Iowa Social Work Examiners, Sponsor No. 334; The Ohio Board of Speech Therapy and Audiology, Provider No. 50-435; the Alabama Board of Occupational Therapy, Provider No. 50-435; the District of Columbia Board of Nursing, Provider No. 50-435; the Georgia Board of Nursing, Provider No. 50-435; and the California Board of Nursing, Provider No. 04422. The Course meets the requirements of the Minnesota, Ohio, Nevada, and Kentucky Boards of Nursing, and other states by reciprocity.
Author: Linda S. Greenfield
Contact Hours: 3
Cost: $15
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