ELNEC Geriatric Module 8: Loss, Grief & Bereavement


Welcome to the Loss, Grief, and Bereavement module for ELNEC-Geriatric. We know in doing this important work, that we witness grief in older adults and their family members. As healthcare professionals, we experience a tremendous amount of loss, as we think of the many people we have cared for, whether they were in the clinic having a yearly check-up, in the hospital after having cardiac by-pass surgery, in long-term care after a hip fracture, in their home checking on their blood pressure status, or in long-term care for dementia care. These memories and losses can accumulate over time and can cause healthcare professionals to experience compassion fatigue and burn-out if not acknowledged. This module will assist you in facilitating excellent bereavement care to family members and friends after the older adult has died. And by the way, practice good self-care, so you can continue this sacred work.


Hours: 1.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (0 Match)

Course Details

Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 2/28/2019
Learning Objectives:
Define loss, grief, bereavement, and mourning.

Differentiate between the different types of grief.

Identify key interventions in the care of persons who are grieving.

Describe ways to cope with the stresses of caring for older adults and their families in palliative care.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Understanding Grief A. Psychosocial Support B. Loss C. Grief, Mourning, and Bereavement D. Stages of Grief Model E. Grief Tasks Model F. Meaning Reconstruction Model G. Grief and Potential Trauma Model H. Normal Grief Response I. Complicated Grief J. Anticipatory Grief K. Explore Your Feelings L. Review M. Summary Section 3: Responding to Grief A. Edgar and Faye B. Clinical Implications C. How Can You Help? D. Grief Interventions E. What Not to Say F. What to Say G. Grief and Children H. Meet Alicia I. Staff Grief J. Effects of Staff Grief K. Staff Bereavement Support L. Review M. Summary Section 4: Self-Care A. I’m Too Busy B. Stress C. Manifestations of Stress D. Long-Term Consequences E. Stress Management F. Exercise G. Spirituality H. Mindfulness and Self-Care I. What It is Not J. Review K. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations

Instructor: Susan Gibson RN FNP-BC, ACHPN
Susan Gibson, RN, FNP-BC, ACHPN is a nurse practitioner working in both palliative and hospice care. Ms. Gibson is the program coordinator for the Community Palliative Care program in Santa Barbara which was awarded the CHAPCA 2011 Outstanding Program Achievement Award. She sees her patients across all care settings including their home, ambulatory and acute care, and in skilled nursing facilities. Ms. Gibson also cares for patients as the Attending clinician in an 18-bed inpatient/residential hospice facility and is responsible for the education in pain and symptom management of both the facility and home hospice clinical nursing staff. She has been instrumental in educating nurses in her community about end of life nursing care through annual ELNEC courses. She is also a published author in the field of palliative and hospice care. Ms. Gibson began working with dying patients as a hospice volunteer with end of life work serving as the impetus to enter the nursing field. Her initial nursing education was funded through a scholarship from a hospice agency. Throughout her career as a registered nurse, she has always been drawn to the care of dying patients and their families regardless of the setting, from surgical/trauma intensive care to an inpatient hospice facility to working as a palliative care nurse in an acute care facility. She is a Respecting Choices certified Advance Care Planner facilitator. She is also a graduate of the Sacred Art of Living Anamcara Project, a project designed to prepare healthcare providers to be fully present at the bedside and is actively involved in Viagenco, a sister hospice in Kenya.  Disclosure: Susan Gibson RN FNP-BC, ACHPN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Pam Malloy, RN, MN, FPCN, FAAN
Pam Malloy, MN, RN, FPCN, FAAN is an oncology clinical nurse specialist with over 40 years of experience in clinical oncology and palliative care nursing, staff development, education, program development, and administration.  Ms. Malloy is currently the national Director and Co-Investigator of the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Project and Special Advisor on Global Initiatives at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in Washington, DC. She serves as faculty for all the national ELNEC courses and has presented ELNEC in 12 international countries. In addition, she has developed palliative care nursing leadership curricula, taught, and mentored current and future nursing and physician leaders throughout Eastern Europe, Kenya, and Asia.  Ms. Malloy directed the California Endowment project for AACN on developing cultural competencies for undergraduate and graduate nursing students.  In addition, she collaborated with the US Department of Veterans Affairs to develop the ELNEC-For Veterans curriculum, which was presented to over 500 nurses, representing every VA hospital across the nation.  Ms. Malloy serves on the Board of Directors of Living Room International—which provides hospice/palliative care services in Kipkaren, Kenya. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Leukemia, Lymphoma Society/Washington, DC Chapter and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation (HPNF).   Ms. Malloy is a Florence Wald Fellow, a Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing (FPCN), and the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN).  She has written and had published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, has written chapters for various textbooks, and currently consults on three palliative care grants.  She was recently presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the MD Anderson Cancer Center.  Disclosure: Pam Malloy, RN, MN, FPCN, FAAN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: The National ELNEC Project
 Disclosure: The National ELNEC Project 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: entry, intermediate, and advanced level Nurses; intermediate level Social Workers; in the following settings: Hospice, Palliative Care.
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