Healthcare: Palliative Care

Credit Option
Non Credit
Program Type
Certificate
Location
Online

This certificate course will prepare you to provide high-quality, evidence-based palliative care to individuals across the adult lifespan and in all settings, as part of an interdisciplinary team.

These workshops are especially valuable to registered nurses (RNs), advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and others seeking the knowledge and skills to provide medical care and emotional support that manages symptoms, relieves pain and discomfort and improves quality of life for patients with life-threatening or terminal illnesses.

After the six-course, 36-hour online program, led by experts in this field, you will be awarded a digital certificate that you can add to your résumé or social media. After each workshop is completed, you will be awarded a digital badge. Prerequisite: Attendees must be registered nurses.

In order to earn a certificate, you must complete a total of six workshops. RNs and APRNs: Complete the two specialty workshops designed for you, in addition to at least four of the five workshops below, to earn a certificate.

Who can benefit:

  • Registered nurses
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Nurse midwives
  • Nurse anesthetists
  • Clinical nurse specialists

Workshops

Complete all six workshops below in any order to earn a certificate. The cost of the entire certificate is $1950.00. Individual workshops can be taken at a cost of $350.00 each.

Introduction to Palliative Care (Core Course)

This course provides you with an overview of palliative care. You will learn the history and philosophy of such care, as well as its various models and core concepts. You will also explore the role of the nurse as a member of the interdisciplinary palliative care team.

Chronic Disease and Palliative Care I (Core Course)

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to provide person centered palliative care to patients with chronic and serious illnesses. You will examine the common trajectories of serious illnesses including cardiac, pulmonary, COVID-19, neurodegenerative diseases and psychiatric diseases. You will also explore psychological, spiritual, social, ethical and legal aspects of care, as well as advanced care planning.

Chronic Disease and Palliative Care II (Core Course)

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to provide person-centered palliative care to patients with chronic and serious illnesses. You will examine the common trajectories of serious illnesses, including gastrointestinal (GI), renal, liver diseases, cancer and frailty. You will also explore psychological, spiritual, social, ethical and legal aspects of care, as well as advanced care planning.

Communication Skills for Palliative Care (Core Course)

With this course, you will gain the skills to navigate difficult conversations and share serious news with patients and their families. You will also develop communication strategies for shared and informed decision making with patients and families, as well as the critical skills necessary for effective communication with the interdisciplinary care team.

Caring for the Patient Nearing End of Life (Core Course)

This course enables you to develop the core skills necessary to provide competent, compassionate and culturally sensitive care for patients nearing end of life and their families. You will learn strategies to assist the patient, family, informal caregivers and professional colleagues in coping with and building resistance for dealing with suffering, grief, loss and bereavement associated with serious illness. Additionally, you will explore Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) and advanced care planning.

Pain Assessment and Management of Adult Across the Lifespan (for RNs)

This course provides you, as a registered nurse, with the essential palliative care skills necessary to assess and manage pain in adults with serious illnesses. With the goal of improving physical well-being, functionality and quality of life, you will identify validated symptom and functional assessment tools, treatment policies, standards and guidelines appropriate to the care of adults.

Symptom Assessment and Management of Adult Across the Lifespan (for RNs)

This course prepares you, as a registered nurse, with the essential palliative care skills necessary to assess and manage complex symptoms in a coordinated and comprehensive manner in adults with serious illnesses. With the goal of improving physical well-being, functionality and quality of life, you will identify validated symptom and functional assessment tools, treatment policies, standards and guidelines appropriate to adult care.

Pain Assessment and Management of Adult Across the Lifespan (for APRNs)

With this course, you, as an advanced practice registered nurse, will gain the essential palliative care skills needed to assess and manage pain in adults with serious illnesses. As an APRN, you will also learn pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions for pain management, as well as the application of evidence-based principles in prescribing and de-prescribing medications, ordering diagnostic tests and recommending treatments. With the goal of improving physical well-being, functionality, and quality of life, you will learn to identify validated pain assessment tools, treatment policies, standards and guidelines appropriate to adult care.

Symptom Assessment and Management of Adult Across the Lifespan (for APRNs)

This course provides you, as an advanced practice registered nurse, with the essential palliative care skills necessary to assess and manage complex symptoms in a coordinated and comprehensive manner in adults having serious illnesses. As an APRN, you will also learn pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions for management of symptoms such as fatigue and nausea, as well as the application of evidence-based principles in prescribing and de-prescribing medications, ordering diagnostic tests and recommending treatments. With the goal of improving physical well-being, functionality and quality of life; you will identify validated symptom assessment tools, treatment policies, standards and guidelines appropriate to the care of adults.

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