Core Concepts in Palliative Care—Nurses
Nurses play a pivotal role in palliative care, from managing pain and attending to suffering, to communicating with patients and families, to coordinating care and leading other members of the palliative care team.
Core Concepts in Palliative Care—Nurses is a comprehensive, self-paced course that provides a deep understanding of palliative care and delivers the specific skills and strategies critical for nurses in any healthcare setting.
Originally created in partnership with one of the largest healthcare organizations in the United States, this course has been expanded and enhanced with additional content applicable across any health system. It’s perfect for individuals or teams interested in improving care for their most vulnerable patients and families.
This course was very thorough, with many topics covered. It provides very effective, very valuable education for a person new to a position in palliative care, and it served as a very good refresher for a person who has done palliative care nursing for over 10 years.a former student who completed the course
Core Concepts in Palliative Care—Nurses offers 17 Continuing Education Hours that will enhance your practice and your effectiveness in caring for seriously ill patients and families. This course lays out trajectories for the most common types of life-limiting disease, and explores effective interventions and pain management tools, as well as the role of nurses as leaders and advocates.
Presented in an engaging and interactive online format, this specialized nursing education includes Core Concepts in Palliative Care—All Health Professionals, a foundational course in the Core Concepts series.
Topics covered in Core Concepts in Palliative Care—Nurses include:
- The role of the palliative care nurse
- Pain assessment and management
- Opioids for pain management
- Opioids: clinical considerations and side effects
- Palliative care and cardiology
- Pulmonary disease and associated symptoms
- Liver disease and associated symptoms
- End-stage renal disease and associated symptoms
- Gastrointestinal symptoms in palliative care
- Neurodegenerative diseases: ALS, Parkinson’s disease, dementia
- Cancer: overview and oncological emergencies
- Psychiatric disorders and palliative care
- Frailty and palliative care
- The role of palliative care nurses as leaders and advocates
|Begins:||Immediately upon registration|
|Is taught:||Completely online, available 24/7|
|Offers:||17 continuing education hours|
|Costs:||$499 per student|
Computing skills sufficient to complete graduate coursework. Desktop or laptop computer required. Mobile devices may not work properly. Students not able to fulfill these requirements, will not be able to succeed in an online format.
|Is ideal for:||RNs, APRNs, NP or any nursing professional|
|Provides:||A comprehensive overview of palliative care and the roles of each team member, along with 15 in-depth modules on managing pain and understanding the common trajectories in several types of life-limiting disease|
|Detailed FAQ:||Click HERE.|
There are no refunds on our self-paced courses
Studies show palliative care training can improve patient outcomes, reduce hospital readmissions, lead to more effective decision-making, and boost employee satisfaction and retention.
By the end of this 17-hour course, learners will have mastered a wide range of learning objectives including all those listed here in Core Concepts in Palliative Care—All Health Professionals, as well as how to:
- Identify the role and the required expertise of the specialty palliative care nurse
- Describe how palliative care nurses use their understanding of disease trajectories to develop a plan of care
- Articulate the nurse’s role in pain management
- Identify long and short-acting opioids, their role in pain management, common side effects, and treatment considerations
- Understand methadone’s use, its risk factors, and how to mitigate risks
- Examine common trajectories of serious illnesses including heart failure, pulmonary disease, liver disease, end-stage renal disease, gastrointestinal disease, neurological diseases, and frailty
- Apply knowledge of disease trajectories by articulating their symptoms, using assessment tools, recommending treatments, and understanding hospice criteria
- Assess psychological side effects of serious illness, and use interventions to help the seriously and terminally ill
- Differentiate between normal responses to illness and responses that indicate maladaptive coping
- Identify non-verbal pain assessment tools used to assess pain in those with cognitive impairment
- Discuss how the trajectory of cancer differs from other chronic or terminal illnesses
- Identify the most common oncologic emergencies
- Know and employ characteristics of a leader, incorporating these concepts into daily practice