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.
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!
Jennifer has over 30 years of clinical and teaching experience, and her areas of expertise are critical care and home health. She is certified as an OASIS Specialist- Clinical (COS-C). 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.”Subject Matter Expert: 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).
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