Orienting to Hospice Care

Orienting to Hospice Care 

There are many nuances specific to the world of hospice care that are probably unknown to most people. Hospice care includes preventing and relieving suffering, treating anguishing symptoms, offering spiritual connection, providing psychological support, creating a support system for daily life, and managing pain. It is delivered to individuals who face serious, complex, and life-threatening illness and symptoms as they near the end of their life. In this course, you will learn about hospice care philosophies and services and your role as a member of the hospice care team so that you may serve those you care for competently and with confidence.


Hours: 0.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Texas Health and Human Services Commission


Texas HHSC has determined that Relias Learning’s submitted training meets or exceeds the minimum standards for HCSSA administrator training in the following categories: Hospice. Texas HHSC also recognizes Relias Learning provides continuing education for administrators and alternate administrators. This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-HOS-0-OHC
Hours: 0.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2023
Learning Objectives:
Describe core hospice philosophies and services.
Explain the differences between curative, palliative, and hospice care.
Identify hospice team members and their roles in hospice care.
Illustrate how your role as a hospice team member supports hospice philosophies and services.
Recall the 10 components of quality in hospice care.
Identify at least 3 new skills or attitudes that you need to acquire to effectively perform as a member of the hospice care team.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: What is Hospice? A. Rebecca's Story B. Hospice Philosophy C. Curative, Palliative, and Hospice Care D. Core Hospice Services E. Review F. Summary Section 3: The Hospice Team A. A Team Approach B. Physician Services C. Nursing D. Medical Social Services E. Bereavement F. Dietary Support G. Spiritual Counseling H. Therapy Services I. Hospice Aides J. Hospice Homemakers K. Volunteers L. Review M. Summary Section 4: Quality Hospice Care A. 10 Components of Quality Care B. What Can I Do? C. Continuing Education D. Review E. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations!

Staff Writer: Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N.

Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N. has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience, and her areas of expertise are critical care and home health. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Virginia in 1993 and her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1996. Her professional practice in education is guided by a philosophy borrowed from Florence Nightingale's Notes on Nursing, "I do not pretend to teach her how, I ask her to teach herself, and for this purpose, I venture to give her some hints." 

Disclosure: Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Sheri Ellington Cook, R.N., B.S.N.
Sheri Ellington Cook, R.N., B.S.N earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1995. She has over 20 years of clinical and leadership experience in both adult and pediatric emergency medicine, critical care, and hospice and palliative care. She has enjoyed the educational components of nursing as evidenced by her performing in the role of preceptor for both new and experienced nurses in each area of her professional practice. Her certifications include Pediatric Emergency Medicine (CPEN) and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). Disclosure: Sheri Ellington Cook, R.N., B.S.N. 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.
Relias will be transparent in disclosing if any commercial support, sponsorship or co-providership is present prior to the learner completing the course.
Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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