Nursing: Hospice and Palliative Care for Healthcare Professionals
27.95
Online
Elective
Please select your state to enroll in this course
About the Course

This course provides an overview of hospice and palliative care and describes care that meets the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of suffering of patients and families. The goal of this course is to provide nurses and other clinicians information on how to care for their dying patients. The course will review theoretical models of the dying process, the psychological and physical symptoms as death approaches, and postmortem care. Lastly, misconceptions and barriers to providing end-of-life care are reviewed.

Learning Objectives
After completing this course, the learner will be able to do the following:
  • Describe the purpose of both hospice and palliative care and how they address life-limiting illness for the patient and family.
  • Define and explain the relationship between hospice and palliative care and how they contribute to the improvement of quality of life of patients with life-limiting illness.
  • Describe the settings, patient population, and incidence of hospice care delivery in the United States.
  • Identify the different levels of hospice care, services provided, and Medicare (CMS) eligibility requirements.
  • Discuss the Medicare Hospice Benefit and performance measures required for hospice programs.
  • Discuss different types of population-based palliative care.
  • Explain the delivery of hospice and palliative care including the support required for patients and families with life-limiting illness.
  • Explain post-mortem care and strategies for healthcare teams following the death of a patient.
  • Identify misconceptions and barriers to providing hospice and palliative care.
  • Discuss professional and educational resources clinicians can provide to support patients and families coping with life-limiting illness as well as healthcare professionals caring for them.


About the Author
Jennifer Shepherd, DNP, MHA, RN, NEA-BC, NPD-BC, CHPN, CCRN-K

Dr. Jennifer Shepherd is a Registered Nurse leader with substantial experience across diverse healthcare settings. She has served as a member of clinical leadership for various provider facilities in roles dedicated to professional development and analytics. She previously served as Director of Clinical Education for Capital Caring Health, one of the nation’s oldest hospice and palliative care organizations. She is adjunct faculty for George Mason University in the Department of Nursing and currently serves as Director, Nurse Content Development and Continuing Education, for the American Nurses Association. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in nursing professional development; as a nurse executive, advanced, in hospice and palliative care by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA); and in pediatric critical care by the American Association of Critical Care Nursing (AACN). Her DNP capstone work, COVID-19 and Hospice Care: Self Care and the Effect on Compassion Fatigue and Patient Outcomes, focused on the link and challenges between compassion fatigue, self-care, and quality outcomes among hospice clinicians during the COVID- 19
pandemic.

About the Reviewer
Amisha Parekh de Campos, PhD, MPH, RN, CHPN

Dr. Parekh de Campos is an Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing and serves on the Leadership Team at Middlesex Health Hospice Program in Connecticut. Dr. Parekh de Campos has worked in hospice and palliative care in various roles including patient care, advocacy, legislation, and academics. Currently, she manages research, quality, and education for the hospice program, which serves approximately 150,000 people in Connecticut. 

Course ID: 48359
Want Unlimited CE? Become a Member

Hospice and Palliative Care for Healthcare Professionals

27.95
About the Course

This course provides an overview of hospice and palliative care and describes care that meets the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of suffering of patients and families. The goal of this course is to provide nurses and other clinicians information on how to care for their dying patients. The course will review theoretical models of the dying process, the psychological and physical symptoms as death approaches, and postmortem care. Lastly, misconceptions and barriers to providing end-of-life care are reviewed.

Learning Objectives
After completing this course, the learner will be able to do the following:
  • Describe the purpose of both hospice and palliative care and how they address life-limiting illness for the patient and family.
  • Define and explain the relationship between hospice and palliative care and how they contribute to the improvement of quality of life of patients with life-limiting illness.
  • Describe the settings, patient population, and incidence of hospice care delivery in the United States.
  • Identify the different levels of hospice care, services provided, and Medicare (CMS) eligibility requirements.
  • Discuss the Medicare Hospice Benefit and performance measures required for hospice programs.
  • Discuss different types of population-based palliative care.
  • Explain the delivery of hospice and palliative care including the support required for patients and families with life-limiting illness.
  • Explain post-mortem care and strategies for healthcare teams following the death of a patient.
  • Identify misconceptions and barriers to providing hospice and palliative care.
  • Discuss professional and educational resources clinicians can provide to support patients and families coping with life-limiting illness as well as healthcare professionals caring for them.


About the Author
Jennifer Shepherd, DNP, MHA, RN, NEA-BC, NPD-BC, CHPN, CCRN-K

Dr. Jennifer Shepherd is a Registered Nurse leader with substantial experience across diverse healthcare settings. She has served as a member of clinical leadership for various provider facilities in roles dedicated to professional development and analytics. She previously served as Director of Clinical Education for Capital Caring Health, one of the nation’s oldest hospice and palliative care organizations. She is adjunct faculty for George Mason University in the Department of Nursing and currently serves as Director, Nurse Content Development and Continuing Education, for the American Nurses Association. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in nursing professional development; as a nurse executive, advanced, in hospice and palliative care by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA); and in pediatric critical care by the American Association of Critical Care Nursing (AACN). Her DNP capstone work, COVID-19 and Hospice Care: Self Care and the Effect on Compassion Fatigue and Patient Outcomes, focused on the link and challenges between compassion fatigue, self-care, and quality outcomes among hospice clinicians during the COVID- 19
pandemic.

About the Reviewer
Amisha Parekh de Campos, PhD, MPH, RN, CHPN

Dr. Parekh de Campos is an Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing and serves on the Leadership Team at Middlesex Health Hospice Program in Connecticut. Dr. Parekh de Campos has worked in hospice and palliative care in various roles including patient care, advocacy, legislation, and academics. Currently, she manages research, quality, and education for the hospice program, which serves approximately 150,000 people in Connecticut. 

Course ID: 48359