The CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care announced this week it is making more than 20 online palliative care courses and resources immediately available at no charge to support healthcare clinicians on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
These courses deliver critical skills needed now to best care for patients and families affected by this crisis. Topics include clinician communication, advance care planning, palliative care skills for generalists, crisis intervention strategies, self-care, and more.
As infection rates skyrocket, healthcare professionals are struggling under extraordinary circumstances to treat illness, manage symptoms, and ease suffering for patients with serious illness and/or advanced age who are most at risk for severe complications or death from the novel coronavirus.
The many strengths of palliative care – communication, difficult decision making, advance care planning, pain and symptom management, and psychosocial/spiritual support — are needed now more than ever.
The Institute’s free COVID-19 palliative care resources will be available through June 30 to anyone caring for patients and families during this crisis. Courses are self-paced and can be completed anywhere, any time.
For more information on how the Institute can partner with health systems and pre-professional programs to meet large-scale training needs, visit csupalliativecare.org or call 760-750-4006.
About the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care
The CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care leverages the strength of the California State University system to expand access to and awareness of palliative care by educating current and future healthcare professionals. The Institute is charged with positively impacting the critical shortage of nurses, physicians, social workers, and spiritual care providers trained in palliative care, using a groundbreaking educational model that emphasizes a whole-person, patient-centered approach aimed at improving quality of life for people with serious or life-limiting illness.