ELNEC Graduate Student Module 5: Final Hours of Life

ELNEC Graduate Student Module 5: Final Hours of Life 

Welcome to the last module in ELNEC-Undergraduate Student Curriculum, Final Hours. This is a very important module, as it emphasizes the preparation necessary to ensure the best care at this critical event in the trajectory of illness. This module will provide you with education in how to better provide care in the final days, hours, and minutes of a patient’s life. We only get one chance to do this well. It takes preparation, proactive planning, and good communication skills with the entire team. Family members will always remember the final moments of their loved ones’ life. So, it is critical that you do this well. Care at this time demands attention to the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of patients and the special needs of their families. You play a very important role during this critical time, as no one knows the patient or family better than you. So value your contribution to this work and do it exceedingly well.


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Course Details

Course Code: PSCC-ELNEC-GRAD-5
Hours: 0
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2025


Section 1: Introduction

A. About This Course

B. Learning Objectives

Section 2: Preparing for a Good Death

A. A Good Death

B. Reflection

C. The Nurse, Dying, and Death

D. Individualized, Personal Experience

E. Importance of Being Honest

F. Open, Honest Communication

G. Preparing for Death

H. Common Ethical Issues

I. Critical-Thinking Question

J. Summary

Section 3: Frequent Symptoms Associated with Imminent Death

A. Two Roads to Death

B. Biophysical/Psychosocial/Spiritual Model

C. Most Common Symptoms

D. Delirium

E. Pain During the Final Hours

F. Terminal Secretions

G. Signs and Symptoms of Imminent Death

H. Psychological Concerns

I. Spiritual Concerns

J. Cultural Considerations

K. Cultural and Spiritual Considerations

L. Palliative Care in the Latino Population

M. Nursing Interventions: Support

N. Critical-Thinking Question

O. The Death Vigil

P. The Dying Child

Q. Key Points

R. The Dying Older Adult

S. Summary

Section 4: Care at the Time of Death

A. Care Following Death

B. Honoring Veterans

C. Care of Self

D. Self-Care

E. Critical-Thinking Question

F. Bereavement Support

G. Summary

Section 5: Conclusion

A. Summary

B. Course Contributor

C. Resources

D. References

E. Congratulations

Instructor: The National ELNEC Project
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