Courses for Professionals
Palliative care education is more important now then ever before. The California State University Institute for Palliative Care’s professional development programs are designed to ensure health care professionals have the skills to provide great patient care. Incorporating the latest in evidence-based palliative care practices, these online courses are practical and highly interactive. All programs provide Continuing Education Hours and some offer BRN, BBS, and CME hours.
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If you are looking to enhance your individual palliative or hospice skills or prepare for certification, you’ll be able to select from asynchronous faculty-led courses or self-paced courses. If you are an organization setting up a palliative care education program or hiring new hospice or palliative care staff, these are the courses you need to grow or enhance your palliative care program.
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Are you an advanced practice RN, currently working or intending to work in hospice and palliative care? If you are looking for a way to expand your palliative skills, this 8-month course makes it easier than ever. Fully online, this comprehensive certificate program is designed specifically for busy advanced practice nurses looking for expert skills without a classroom schedule. Participants will gain in-depth knowledge of a broad range of current topics in this growing field – all in working partnership with experienced palliative care nursing experts.
This dynamic 8-week course is aimed at enhancing RN competencies and knowledge of palliative care. The curriculum provides essential knowledge for professionals who deliver hospice or palliative nursing care regardless of the setting (hospice, inpatient/outpatient palliative care, oncology, long-term care, etc.) The course work is fully online and allows busy registered nurses flexibility in balancing work responsibilities while furthering their professional development. SEE VIDEO description.
LOCATION: Sharp Spectrum; 8520 Tech Way; Room 124 A/B; San Diego
As organizations like the Joint Commission, CMS and others look for health care organizations to deliver palliative care using professionals with recognized certifications, nurses working in palliative are recognizing the value of taking the NBCHPN RN Certification exam. There are a lot of free CHPN exam study guides, CHPN practice tests, CHPN practice test questions, free CHPN practice exam questions and similar promotional websites out there offering to help you pass the Certified Hospice and Palliative (CHPN) Exam but please be wary of oversimplified shortcuts.
The CHPN prep course we offer is given by experts in affiliation with the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association San Diego Chapter. It’s presented live in a comfortable setting in San Diego. You’ll be able to ask questions and converse with people that know this material well. If you are thinking about getting your certification (or need to renew it), this CHPN preparation course provides much of the information you need to help you pass your exam.
Critical Palliative Care Skills teaches the essential skills that every social worker needs to know. If your career involves even occasional involvement with palliative care, then you’ll find this engaging and interactive course an ideal way to build your confidence and keep your knowledge and skills up to date.
Compared by participants to getting advanced clinical supervision from national experts, this certificate program is designed to enhance the skills of MSWs with experience in palliative care. The Post-MSW Palliative Care Certificate Program is designed to provide master’s-prepared social workers with the knowledge and skills to be successful working and leading in palliative care and interprofessional environments whether that is in a hospital, hospice or other setting. SEE VIDEO description.
The California State University Institute for Palliative Care and HealthCare Chaplaincy Network – two leaders in their fields – have created this online-certificate course to support chaplains and other spiritual care providers with the delivery of palliative care to patients and their families in hospitals, hospices, long-term care facilities, and elsewhere. This is a very popular course with new cohorts starting frequently. SEE VIDEO
If your hospice or palliative care program is serving a Latino community, you understand the challenge of reaching those who could most benefit by your services… and this course is a must do! This program engages health care professionals with an understanding of how cultural traditions can infuse every interaction with Latino patients in ways that improve relationships, compliance and outcomes.
Since these are self-paced courses, you can register at any time. You will receive your login within 3 business days.
You need a business plan for palliative care just like any other business would have. Although this is not a course about creating a palliative care business plan, it IS a course about what it takes to build a successful business system around your palliative care program. This self-paced course is designed to orient clinical and administrative leaders to the concepts that support a successful palliative care strategy. It introduces the analyses needed to assess the impact of existing programs while identifying growth opportunities for hospital, clinic, and home-based palliative care services. Participants will learn how their palliative care program adds value to their organization’s mission. This course was developed by nationally recognized experts in the field of palliative care, including: Kathleen Kerr, BA, Dr. Brian Cassel, Dr. Michael Rabow, and Dr. Shelley R. Adler.
Based on her book, Last Acts of Kindness; Lessons for the Living From the Bedsides of the Dying, this course is delivered by author Judith Redwing Keyssar. This self-paced course provides a gentle self-reflection process to help palliative care or hospice professionals understand his or her own beliefs, values, and self-care patterns around this complicated journey. Taking this course is a wonderful gift of self-care that you can give yourself! *Since this is a self-paced course, you can register at any time. You will receive your login within 3 business days.
In palliative care, documentation is at the heart of our communications. This self-paced course provides quick, discipline-specific as well as team-focused strategies for ensuring that your documentation facilitates communication and supports great relationships within the team and with your referral sources. If you are staying late working on documentation or frustrated by the documentation habits of your colleagues, this course is for you!
POLST stands for Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. It is a physician order that gives patients more control over their care by specifying the types of medical treatment they want to receive during advanced serious illness. This self-paced course helps the health care professional understand the role and value of this document, and how to employ it in documenting and honoring patient wishes. This course provides specific details about POLST in California.
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Courses in Development
We are continually developing new courses in palliative care for professionals. Some are currently in beta, while others are being prepared for launch in the near future. We can also customize palliative care education and training programs for your unique situation.
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