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Calendar of Palliative Care Courses for Healthcare Professionals

With many programs available online, professional development offerings made easily accessible to healthcare workforce

San Marcos, Calif. — February 19, 2014 The California State University Shiley Institute for Palliative Care,located at Cal State San Marcos, announced its spring and summer calendar of courses aimed at bringing the best practices of palliative care to the healthcare community.

Helen McNeal, Executive Director of theInstitute said, “As chronic and serious conditions increase due to our aging population, America must have a workforce prepared to handle the growing demancd for compassionate palliative care that goes hand-in-hand with curative treatment. Our cutting-edge palliative care courses are teaching nurses, social workers, chaplains and other healthcare professionals the latest and best practices in palliative care.”

Many of the Institute’s programs are fully online, while others offer a blend of classroom and online learning. In one of the Institute’s program overview videos, curriculum developer and teacher, CarmaErickson-Hurt, RN MSN, APRN, ACHPN says, “I can honestly tell you that as someone who has taught both in the classroom and online, that I actually have more interaction within an online classroom than I ever do in a lecture format.” That online interaction combined with flexibility and accessibility is why theInstitute continues to experience such rapid growth.

Palliative Care Courses Being Offered This Spring/Summer:

Post-MSW Palliative Care Certificate

The first and only online certificate program designed to enhance the skills of MSWs in palliative care. The CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care’s Post-MSW PalliativeCare Social Work Certificate program is designed to provide master’s prepared social workers with the knowledge and skills to be successful working in a palliative care, interprofessional environment whether that is in a hospital, hospice or other setting. Next course starts May 5th.

RN Certificate in Palliative Care

The RN Certificate in Palliative Care is a dynamic8-week online course aimed at enhancing nurses’ competencies and knowledge of palliative care. The curriculum provides essential knowledge for professionals who deliver, or want to learn more about delivering, palliative nursing care regardless of the setting (hospice, inpatient/outpatient palliative care, oncology, long-term care, etc.) The next course begins April 7.

RN Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing(CHPN) Certification Prep

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 will be more focus on pain and symptom management and greater opportunity for practice test questions in this training. This program is offered in partnership with the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association San Diego Chapter. The course is May 3-4 in San Diego.

Palliative Care Chaplaincy Specialty Certificate

The California State University Shiley Institute for Palliative Care and HealthCareChaplaincy Network – two leaders in their fields – have created an 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. The next course begins March 31st.SEE VIDEO overview.

About the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care

The CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care at Cal State San Marcos is America’s first statewide educational and workforce development initiative dedicated to palliative care. The Institute offers professional development and continuing education courses designed to enhance the skills of current and future healthcare professionals, as well as programs to build palliative care awareness in the community.