What Every… Needs to Know About Palliative Care
Integrating palliative care in your organization, whether a health system or a physician practice group, requires more than just adding a palliative care specialist or creating a palliative care team. Integrating palliative care is quite different from simply implementing a palliative care program.
The Secret to Successful Palliative Care Programs
All too often, front-line staff do not know what palliative care is or that their health care organization even offers it. The CSU Institute for Palliative Care’s goal is to take palliative care beyond implementation and make sure it is integrated throughout the organization. The measure of a palliative care program’s success is proportionate to the depth of understanding throughout your organization.
Palliative Care Training – For All Health Professionals
For patients and your organization to get the full benefits of palliative care, EVERYONE needs to understand what it is, how and when to refer. Physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains and others need to know how to integrate its fundamentals into their practice. Now, everyone can learn the fundamentals of palliative care through the CSU Institute for Palliative Care series: “What Every… Needs to Know About Palliative Care.” These online courses are available on demand for doctors, nurses, chaplains, social workers, and every health professional in your organization.
Expert palliative care teams deliver care to patients at every stage of life in the patient’s home and physician offices as well as in acute, skilled, assisted, and congregate living facilities. However, there simply are not enough experts to provide palliative care to all who need it. To meet the demand, clinicians of all disciplines need to know the fundamentals as well as when and how to refer to experts. Despite the growing recognition of the value of palliative care, the majority of healthcare practitioners do not yet have the knowledge they need to do this.
Series Course Content
What Every… Needs to Know About Palliative Care is a series of self-paced, online courses that enables organizations to ensure that everyone understands the fundamentals about palliative care, including how it differs from hospice. Since palliative care can benefit patients of all ages, at every stage of life, it’s important for every person working in your organization to understand what it is, for whom it is appropriate, and how to connect patients and families to available palliative care services.
Each course includes the same content domains, specific information appropriate for each discipline is provided in the discipline-specific course. Some of the course content includes:
- Knowledge of Palliative Care
- The Palliative Care Team
- Delivery of Care
- Settings of Care
- Referring to Palliative Care
The What Every Health Professional course was written in a more generic manner, using the same content framework to inform everyone in your organization, including administrators, aides, reception and clerical staff and others, about palliative care.
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For patients and your organization to get the full benefits of palliative care, EVERYONE needs to understand what it is, how and when to refer, and how to integrate its fundamentals into your practice.
WHAT EVERY… NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT PALLIATIVE CARE SERIES
Each module is approximately one hour in length and provides an introduction to palliative care. These courses are designed to create an awareness of palliative care principles and establish a common understanding across the organization. In each module, the course provides information and tools critical to that specific discipline. All courses provide Continuing Education Hours or CMEs.
What Every Patient Advocate Needs to Know About Palliative Care teaches professional patient advocates working in private practice or any care setting the benefits of palliative care. This curriculum examines the basic tenants of palliative care and how patient advocates can use it to support the people they serve. Topics covered include delivering bad news, goal setting, advance care planning and more.
This course examines the issues most prevalent in serious illness, as well as the resources patient advocates can use to support clients and families on this journey.
Basic palliative care skills can be integrated into every physician’s practice to assist with difficult conversations as well as with identifying and assisting patients appropriate for palliative care.
The What Every Physician Needs to Know About Palliative Care course provides a comprehensive overview of palliative care principles, models of care, and important skills. The course provides practitioners with guidance on how to deliver bad news, conduct an advance care planning discussion, and assess the need for expert-level palliative care.
This course, ideal for physician assistants working in any care setting and with any patient population or PA students and faculty who need a standardized comprehensive overview of palliative care principles, will equip you with definitions, models of care, skills and tools you can immediately incorporate into your practice.
In What Every Physician Assistant Needs to Know About Palliative Care, you will learn functional assessments, goal setting, delivering bad news, advance care planning, when to refer a patient to palliative care and the benefits of providing palliative care in various care settings.
The What Every Nurse Needs to Know About Palliative Care course teaches nurses working in every care setting the benefits of palliative care. The course includes numerous tools that nurses can use to improve the care of patients they serve, including functional assessments, goal setting, delivering bad news, advance care planning and more.
Nurses will learn when to refer a patient to palliative care and the benefits of providing palliative care in various care settings.
What Every APRN Needs to Know about Palliative Care is made for advanced practice nurses and clinical nurse specialists in any setting. This interactive one-hour course will help you understand the benefits of palliative care, how it is different from usual care and hospice, and will provide tools for assessing the need for and making referrals to expert-level palliative care.
By integrating basic palliative care skills into their “toolkit,” APRNs and CNSs can better provide this extra level of support to their patients. Learn functional assessments, goal setting, delivering bad news,advance care planning and more.
Social work professionals in healthcare settings are often tasked with helping the sickest and most vulnerable patients identify and access the supports needed to cope with their illness.
The What Every Social Worker Needs to Know About Palliative Care course provides social workers with guidance, tools, and techniques on how to initiate a discussion about palliative care, initiate advance care planning discussions, identify patient goals, and facilitate difficult conversations with patients and family members. It also provides information on ways to integrate palliative care elements into every social worker’s practice.
Spirituality can help people come to terms with their illness and cope with suffering. Chaplains are expected to offer care and counsel to patients and their caregivers. The What Every Chaplain Needs to Know About Palliative Care course teaches all chaplains about palliative care and how to incorporate this awareness into their daily practice in all care settings. It also teaches chaplains when to refer a patient to palliative care experts.
Palliative care is fundamentally different from the “usual care” delivered by most providers and offers benefits to patients across the care continuum. Yet most healthcare professionals don’t know what palliative care is, how it differs from hospice, when someone can receive it, how to explain it to patients and families and why it is a critical component of value-based, quality-driven healthcare.
What Every Health Professional Needs to Know About Palliative Care teaches everyone working in your organization about palliative care and advance care planning, providing tools and resources to help them help your patients, improve the care they deliver and ensure that your patients and your organization reap the full benefits of palliative care.
Group discounts are available, making it affordable for everyone in your organization to receive the same foundational information about palliative care. Call us today to learn more: at 760-750-4006.
- Kathy Brandt, MS
- Carol Lovci, RN, MSN
- Monique Parrish, DrPH, MPH, LCSW
- Karl Steinberg, MD, CMD
- Sue Wintz, MDiv, BCC
- Kendra Deja, LCSW, MSN, GNP-BC, ACHPN