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Digital Seminar

End-of-life Compassionate Care: Ethical and Legal Issues

Lois A Fenner-McBride, RN, MS, JD, Attorney at Law
2 Hours
Audio and Video
Aug 03, 2023
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The goal of end-of-life care is to prevent or minimize suffering while respecting the dying person’s wishes. End-of-life decisions are made in all age groups and the number of individuals aged sixty-five (65) years and older is projected to double by 2060. Health care providers are facing enormous challenges in assisting patients and their families to transition to the final stage of existence. Self-care and education are paramount in developing appropriate coping mechanisms necessary to provide compassionate end-of-life care. This course will provide strategies for implementing safe and effective end-of-life care. Case studies illustrating ethical dilemmas and plausible resolutions are incorporated. 


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NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after passing the online post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). Instructional methods will include PowerPoint, didactic lecture, and others.

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Earn up to 2.0 CE hours. Please see below, for more details, as credit amounts vary by state and profession. 

* Credit Note - Ethics

This self-study activity includes 1.5 hours of general ethics instruction. Not all boards allow ethics credit for self-study products. If ethics is not specified within your licensing board’s approval statement below, please contact your board to determine the applicability and amount of ethics allowed.

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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses completing these self-study materials will earn 2.0 contact hours. Expires: 09/27/2026.

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PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 2.0 self-study contact hours. 

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PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 2.0 self-study contact hours.

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Physicians - Physicians

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. This activity was originally recorded on 08/03/2023. It was last reviewed on 10/25/2023 and is valid until 10/24/2026.


Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. You are required to successfully complete and submit a post-test prior to receiving a certificate of completion.

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PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

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Lois A Fenner-McBride, RN, MS, JD, Attorney at Law's Profile

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Lois A. Fenner McBride, RN, MS, JD, Attorney at Law, is an honor’s graduate of the University of Maryland Graduate School of Nursing, Undergraduate School of Nursing, and University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She is an attorney admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Federal Bar and the Maryland Bar. Nurse-Attorney Fenner is a compact licensed registered nurse and a certified clinical nurse specialist.

She is a founding member of The American Association of Nurse Attorneys, past president of the Monumental Bar Association, a member of the Women’s Bar Association, and the Trial Lawyer’s Association. Nurse-Attorney Fenner has been recognized by the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys with the Distinguished Women in Law award and has been recognized as a Baltimore Business Journal’s Who’s Who in Law, with a selection as a Super Lawyer twice. Her law practice focuses on medical/healthcare litigation and consulting including medical malpractice, personal injury, accreditation, human resources, wrongful death, risk management, credentialing and professional boards/licensure.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Lois Fenner McBride receives compensation as a Nurse Attorney, HR Consultant, and Educator-Lecturer. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Lois Fenner McBride has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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  1. Describe the appropriate uses and requirements for Physician Orders for Life- Sustaining Treatment (POLST). 
  2. Discuss ethical and legal issues related to the decision to withdraw treatment or lifesaving measures. 
  3. Identify how to navigate the health care professional’s responsibilities and obligations while respecting the dying patient’s values and wishes. 
  4. Expand the health care professional’s knowledge of how to cope with the ethical dilemmas thar occur with end-of-life. 


  • Affects all age groups 
  • 65-year-old population is projected to double by 2060. 
  • Patients, families, health care providers, and community members all in need of support and education 
  • DNR forms 
  • Physician Orders for Life (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST} 
  • Durable medical power of attorney 
  • Living will 
  • Last will and testament  
  • Revocable living trust 
  • Beneficiary designation for non-probate assets 
  • Durable financial power of attorney 
  • Pet trust 
  • End-of life housing arrangements 
  • Instructions for digital assets 
  • Life insurance 
  • Funeral or celebration of life instructions. Burial, cremation, organ, and body donation 
  • Hospice 
  • Palliative care 
  • Euthanasia 
  • Assisted suicide/Aid in dying 
  • Abuse/neglect 
PATIENT VALUES/CULTURAL (psychological, sociological, and physiological) 
  • Family conflict/decisions not cohesive 
  • Communication 
  • Preparation  
  • Education 
  • Peer groups (intervention, support, therapy, and review) 
  • Ethics panels, boards, or committees 
  • Licensure/Credentialing Boards 
  • Institutional regulations, policies, procedures, and protocols  
  • Professional negligence or malpractice 

Target Audience

  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Physician Assistants
  • Physicians
  • Pharmacists
  • Nurses


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