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Nearing the End of Life: Dare to Care

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  1. Analyze how complementary therapies enhance quality of life for patients.
  2. Evaluate the risks and benefits of medical marijuana.
  3. Categorize the eight domains of the National Consensus Project.
  4. Analyze five complications related to artificial hydration and nutrition.
  5. Assess ethical issues often seen at the end of life.
  6. Formulate two strategies to diminish fear of death and dying.
  7. Connect moral resiliency to palliative care.


Copyright : 03/09/2018

Care When There is No Cure for Patients with End Stage Diseases

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  1. Measure the assessment scales that are predictive of poor survival.
  2. Debate the importance of prognosis and shared decision-making.
  3. Evaluate the benefits of using palliative care principles for patients with end stage disease.
  4. Distinguish palliative services vs. hospice services.
  5. Choose strategies to help patients overcome the fear of death.
  6. Predict challenging end of life symptoms and the best interventions.


Disease Prognostication: An Inexact Art & Science

Congestive Heart Failure: The Broken Heart

Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease

Renal Disease

Liver Disease

Advanced Dementia

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Advanced Cancer

Eight Signs of Impending Death

Challenging Decisions

Moral Distress

Copyright : 11/30/2018

Palliative Wound Care: Management of Complex and Unique Wound Challenges at the End of Life

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  1. Differentiate between various palliative-specific wound care treatment interventions.
  2. Choose the best strategies to manage drainage, odor, bleeding and wound pain.
  3. Evaluate atypical types of wounds and appropriate symptom management for each.
  4. Plan for management challenges that can present with complex fistulas.
  5. Prepare for the emotional and psychological effects of end of life wounds for patients and families.
  6. Appraise symptoms of stress/burnout/ compassion fatigue in your life.



Copyright : 03/23/2018

Understanding the Needs of the Dying: Bringing Hope, Comfort and Love to Life's Final Chapter

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  1. Determine common needs of the dying and ways to meet across many health care settings
  2. Employ ways to discuss end of life issues while allowing miracles and hope
  3. Distinguish the differences and commonalities of palliative and hospice care models
  4. Evaluate anticipatory grief and how it shapes the end of life experience for patients and families
  5. Apply tools and techniques to manage our own reactions to loss in the workplace
  6. Manage and resolve conflict regarding advance directives and code status
  7. Utilize tools to help children cope with a love one dying
  8. Assess common characteristics of deathbed visions and normalize them for families
  9. Prepare techniques for running a successful family conference
  10. Justify how fears about pain addiction can play a role in family dynamics at the end of life
  11. Defend the role of spirituality and its role in the last years of life


Signs of Impending Death

Palliative Care Model


Death Related Sensory Experiences (Death Bed Visions)

Advance Directives

Anticipatory Grief

Helping the Dying Patient’s Children

The Ethics Committee and End of Life

Hope and Miracles

Cultural Differences

The Question of Assisted Suicide

Copyright : 04/18/2016

David Kessler: Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief

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  1. Develop meaning-making principles to assist clients coping with various types of loss.
  2. Formulate ways to use meaning to help clients remember with more love than pain.
  3. Evaluate techniques for using meaning to help clients resolve the internal struggle of “why did this happen?” and “why did this happen to me?”
  4. Determine why children are often the forgotten grievers and how to help them through their grief.
  5. Develop strategies that incorporate meaning mechanisms to help clients cope with complicated grieving.
  6. Utilize strategies to help clients address guilt, shame and stigma associated with grief.


The Sixth Stage of Grief: Finding Meaning

Witnessing vs “Fixing” Grief Help Clients Change Their Thinking Around Loss Complicated Grief Help Bereaved parents The Grief of Suicide Loss by Addiction Shootings and Other Disasters Healing Grief in Divorce Healing Complicated Relationships after Death Meaning and the Afterlife

Copyright : 03/12/2020