Heart Failure and Palliative Care

Heart Failure and Palliative Care 

This module reviews palliative care for patients with heart failure. You will develop an understanding of the disease process of heart failure and its management in accordance with 2013 American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF)/American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines for the management of heart failure and their focused updates to the guidelines. In addition, you will learn when palliative care for patients with heart failure is appropriate, effective symptom management for heart failure, the importance of developing goals of care with the heart failure patient, and criteria for referral to hospice. The goal of this course is to provide nurses in hospice and palliative care with knowledge of how to optimize palliative care for patients with heart failure.


Hours: 1.50


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-PAC-0-HFPC
Hours: 1.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 11/30/2023
Learning Objectives:
Recall the disease trajectory for heart failure.
Describe the benefits of palliative care for patients with heart failure.
Identify when palliative care is appropriate for patients with heart failure.
Recognize at least three common symptoms experienced by patients with heart failure and describe two interventions for each symptom.
Recall when referral to hospice is appropriate for patients with heart failure.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Heart Failure

What is Heart Failure?

Stages of Heart Failure

Classifications of Heart Failure

Trends in Healthcare Encounters

Disease Trajectory



Section 3: Palliative Care

What is Palliative Care?

When Should Referral to Palliative Care Occur?

Traditional Palliative Care for Cancer: Applications for Heart Failure

Palliative Care for Patients with Heart Failure



Section 4: Symptom Management

The Current State of Symptom Management

Heart Failure Symptoms and Interventions



Section 5: Hospice

Goals of Care

When Is It Time for Hospice?



Section 5: Conclusion


Course Contributor



Instructor: Susan Heinzerling, BSN, RN, CHPN
Susan Heinzerling earned a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as a Master of Lifes Sciences in physiology from North Carolina State University. She became a doctoral candidate in immunology at the University of South Alabama. Her research experiences in the biomedical sciences led to an interest in evidence-based practices. Ms. Heinzerling began her nursing career as a medical/surgical nurse. Renal patients in acute care with multiple chronic conditions and repeated hospitalizations inspired her practice of hospice nursing. She has worked as a hospice admissions nurse and a hospice RN case manager in both a large urban setting and a rural community. Disclosure: Susan Heinzerling, BSN, RN, CHPN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Nurses; in the following settings: Hospice, Palliative Care.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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