Essentials for End-of-Life

Course Description

End-of-Life (EOL) care is an essential arena of competence for all health care providers. As research in this area has grown over the years, professionals such as physicians, nurses, social workers and other allied health care professionals can gain competence and confidence in understanding and managing dying patients and their families. While many professional and research organizations have made significant progress in addressing this problem through the development of standards and principles of practice, including EOL educational content and curricula in licensing requirements, educational curricula and on-the-job training, there is still much you must do to stay current in EOL care.

Not only will this course introduce you to the Core Principles of End-of-Life Care, which have been endorsed by a substantial group of medical and professional organizations throughout the past two decades, but these principles also have relevance to all allied health providers. You will be provided with pertinent information and self-development exercises to better prepare you to practice according to these established principles but also to the latest research and knowledge about EOL care.

Teaching Methods

This course is provided using instructor lecture via web-based text, pictures, video’s, and live web links. References and resources will be provided as well. There is one exam to be taken at the end of the course.

As a self-directed learner, you are encouraged to practice, seek out and read additional references regarding the subject matter to enhance the contents provided within this course.

Course Goal

Learners who take this course will gain awareness, confidence and skill in coping with End-of-Life (EOL) issues that will serve them as they provide daily care for patients.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, Learners will be able to:

  • Learn basic communication skills that respect the patient’s autonomy and understand the nature of their medical and psychological condition and care.
  • Understand how assessment and treatment goals for EOL care are established by the various professional roles an interdisciplinary team, including the patient and family members.
  • Know the 5 steps in advance care planning and understand the pros and cons of advanced care directives.
  • Assess personal strengths and areas for growth in working with a team; understand the basics of self-care and prevention of burn-out.
  • Distinguish the difference between hospice and palliative care, be able to explain the difference and work effectively with the hospice team.
  • Understand the influence of one’s own cultural experience and the value of cross-cultural competence in EOL care.
    Recognize the value of personal spiritual beliefs and the patient’s right to an independent spiritual exploration.

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