Make of Yourself a Light: Professional Caring

Make of Yourself a Light: Professional Caring 

The caring relationship is at the center of work with people and their families when facing the end of life. This course explores the unique nature of the caring relationship in hospice and palliative care, framed by the words of poet Mary Oliver. There are professional challenges and complex patient and family needs that exist beside a rich backdrop of values at the foundation of hospice and palliative care. One of the essential approaches for professional caring centers around the ways you think about your work, with a focus on support and meaning. This thoughtful program can help you see your work in a new way.


Hours: 1.25


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-PAL-0-MYLPC
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 11/30/2023
Learning Objectives:
Identify the specific challenges and rewards of professional caregiving at the end of life.
Outline the values of hospice care that are at the foundation of professional end-of-life caring.
Explore identified ways to discover and create resilience and meaning in one’s work.

Section 1: Challenges and Rewards of Professional Caregiving A. “Make of Yourself a Light” B. Images C. “The Buddha’s Last Instruction” D. Challenges E. Personal Identity F. Demands Section 2: Values and Practice A. Questions B. Communication and Isolation C. Hospice Values D. Core Values E. Skills and Compassion F. Attitude G. Satisfaction and Meaning H. Hospice Nurses I. Changing Values Section 3: Meaning and Resilience A. Spiritual Journey B. Providing Spiritual Care C. Meaning D. Connections E. Love and Connectedness F. Psychosocial Support G. Gratitude H. Palliative Nursing Skills I. Behaviors J. Purpose K. Resilience L. Reflections

Expert Reviewer: Marcia Lattanzi-Licht, LHD RN LPC
Marcia is a speaker and consultant to a wide variety of groups and organizations. A licensed counselor, she has also maintained a private psychotherapy practice for more than twenty years. A co-founder of TRU Hospice Community Care, Boulder, Colorado (1976), Marcia has a strong commitment to the Boulder community. Marcia's numerous publications include The Hospice Choice, and Coping with Public Tragedy. Marcia was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters in recognition of her work (University of Colorado, 2005), the 1984 Winston Churchill Traveling Fellowship, the 2002 ADEC Educator Award, and NHPCO's 1995 Heart of Hospice. She received the Boulder County District Attorney’s highest award in 1988, the Distinguished Service Award, for her work with victims of crime, and was named a Boulder Pacesetter in 1985. Disclosure: Marcia Lattanzi-Licht, LHD RN LPC 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 level General Staff; in the following settings: Hospice, Palliative Care.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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