Two-Day Palliative Care and Hospice Intensive Training

Description: This is a two-day intensive multi-modal learning experience focused on providing hospice and palliative care clinicians with core competencies in caring for the patient and family living with serious illness. Completion of this course will enhance your ability to provide competent and compassionate care to patients and families through end-of-life and expertly address their physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs. Goals: The participant will demonstrate the knowledge and competence as defined by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association to deliver quality palliative and hospice care. The participant will utilize core skills to address the myriad of needs facing patients and families living with serious illness and at end of life. The participant will use effective communication strategies to describe palliative care and hospice to patients, families and colleagues. The participant will explain clinical indicators for palliative care and hospice transitions. The participant will identify factors that contribute to successful interdisciplinary team communication and collaboration. The participant will explain all aspects of comprehensive symptom assessment. The participant will select appropriate interventions to manage symptoms expected in serious illness. The participant will demonstrate therapeutic communication skills. The participant will design individualized care plans to treat distressing and non-distressing symptoms at end of life.

Resources: ELNEC. (2011). ELNEC-Core Training Program. City of Hope and American Association of Colleges of Nursing Ferrell, B. & Coyle, N. (2010). Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing (3rd Ed). Oxford University Press: New York, NY HPNA. (2015) Core Curriculum for the Hospice and Palliative Registered Nurse (4th Ed). HPNA: Pittsburgh, PA. HPNA. (2011) Conversations in Palliative Care: Questions and Answers With the Experts. (3rd Ed). HPNA: Pittsburgh, PA.

Evaluation: Post-Course instructor evaluations will be completed at conclusion of two day intensive course. There will be no testing required of participants. There will be a pre and post-course knowledge evaluation. Participants are expected to seek CHPN certification within 6-12 months of completion of the course. Grievance Policy: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to: Anne-Marie Powers, 781-556-1838 or Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems Accommodations for the Differently Abled: NVNA and Hospice facilities are handicap accessible.  Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact:  Anne-Marie Powers, 781-556-1838 or It is the participant's responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state. Continuing Education Credit is pending through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions: Nurses: As an American Psychological Association (APA) approved provider, CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). These courses can be utilized by nurses to renew their certification and will be accepted by the ANCC. Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider # CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

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