Core Concepts in Palliative Care
There’s power in numbers when it comes to improving care for patients with serious illness. Effective palliative care teams that have a shared goal, a common vocabulary, and a unified grasp of the best tools and strategies are able to work more efficiently and effectively to support vulnerable patients and families. But a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Core Concepts in Palliative Care gives the individual new skills that make the palliative care team stronger.
This course provides the foundational skills that healthcare professionals need to help patients live as well and as fully as possible.
These courses cover essential palliative care concepts such as effective communication; managing suffering and spiritual distress; coping with death, loss and grief; and bolstering self-care and resiliency. Each course provides continuing education hours that can be applied towards state or professional licensure professional development requirements.
This material is presented in a convenient and interactive online learning platform that reinforces key concepts through real-world application. The courses are designed to equip nurses, social workers and chaplains with the tools and resources needed to ease patients’ pain and psychosocial distress, and support individual goals of care. Every learner will achieve a deeper understanding of how palliative care can reduce patients’ and families’ suffering and improve quality of life.
Starts: Self-paced, starts upon registration
Access: Online, available 24/7
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Core Concepts in Palliative Care – All Health Professionals
This course creates a common framework for understanding palliative care. It equips team members with essential tools for communication and for working effectively among diverse populations. Additional modules cover spiritual and existential realms, attending to suffering, loss, grief and death, bioethics, and self-care. (This course is included with the Nurse, Social Work and Chaplain Courses below.) 5 CE Hours; $199 per person
- Introduction to palliative care
- Communication – the art and soul of palliative care
- Working with diversity through inclusivity
- Spiritual, existential dimensions of palliative care
- Attending to suffering
- Death, loss and grief
Core Concepts in Palliative Care – Nurses
This course was built to provide knowledge and skills for nurses to integrate palliative care into the care of chronically and seriously ill patients. Starting with a review of disease trajectories, the modules move on to the palliative nursing management of serious illnesses and their associated symptoms. 17 CE Hours; $449 per person
- Whole person palliative care nursing assessment
- Pain management, including opioid considerations and side effects
- Palliative nursing care for cardiac, pulmonary, liver, renal, GI, and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as cancer, psychiatric disorders, and frailty
- The role of the nurse as a leader and advocate
Core Concepts in Palliative Care – Social Workers
This course builds on the holistic, patient-centered skills and strengths of social workers and their role on transdisciplinary teams. You will explore how this foundation is used to address values, ethics, mindfulness, critical thinking and relationships. The course concludes with careful attention to self-awareness and self-care when working with change, loss, resilience, meaning-making, dying, and grief. 10 CE Hours; $299 per person
- The role of the social worker in palliative care
- Social work’s foundation: values and ethics
- Working with change, loss, and grief related to serious and terminal illness
- The role of the social worker as a leader and advocate
Core Concepts in Palliative Care – Chaplains
This course focuses on chaplaincy practices unique to palliative care such as performing a spiritual assessment and developing a plan of care, and interventions useful in serious illness and their outcomes. It concludes by exploring the chaplain’s role as a member of an interdisciplinary team, and as an advocate for patients, families, and care teams. 10 CE Hours; $299 per person
- The practice of chaplaincy in palliative care
- Spiritual assessment and developing a plan of care
- Serious illness and the human condition: spiritual care interventions and outcomes
- Chaplains as leaders and advocates