Online | 8 weeks | 2 Credit Hours
Examine the philosophy and principles of hospice and palliative care that can be integrated across settings to improve symptom management and quality of care through chronic illness and at the end of life. You'll explore pain management, communication strategies, and ethical issues that occur at this stage.
Pain and symptom relief can be vital for end-of-life patients. You'll identify common causes and symptoms at the end of life as well as interventions that can prevent or diminish symptoms. Gain insights into the ethical issues that often arise in palliative care and the responsibility of the palliative care nurse with regards to advocacy of patient rights. As you explore these ethical issues and dilemmas, you'll see the importance of advanced directives in preventing these situations from arising in the first place.
In the role of palliative care nurse, promoting clear, open communication among team members and the patient and family is essential. You'll look at communication characteristics that patients and families expect from health care professionals. You'll also consider the attributes that are needed for culturally competent nursing care by identifying the influence of culture on palliative care and examining beliefs about death and dying that are held by various cultures.
For hospice patients and their families, grief can begin long before death. You'll appreciate the individual ways people experience loss, grief, and bereavement as you look at interventions and systems of support that may help facilitate normal grief.