Caring for the Patient Nearing End of Life

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Non Credit
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This course provides students with the core skills necessary to provide competent, compassionate and culturally sensitive care for patients nearing end of life and their families.

Students learn strategies to assist the patient, family, informal caregivers, and professional colleagues to cope with and build resistance for dealing with suffering, grief, loss and bereavement associated with serious illness. MOLST and advanced care planning are explored.

Can be taken individually or as part of the Healthcare: Palliative Care certificate program.

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Who can benefit:

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


Ellen Stillwell, RN

Ellen Long Stilwell is a registered nurse certified in hospice and palliative care. While raising her two boys, she volunteered as part of the hospice team with Metropolitan Jewish Health System. She worked several years for Visiting Nurse Service of New York, where she cared for hospice patients and families in their homes. She has worked with Calvary as a Liaison at Weill Cornell, transitioning patients and families from the acute care setting into hospice care. Ellen is working again with patients and families at home, the heart of hospice with Calvary. She is trained as a death doula by a Buddhist Monk. Ellen lives in Manhattan.

Maria Christine Santos, MS, RN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, CCRN-CSC

Maria Christine Santos is a board certified Adult Primary Care and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner. She is a graduate of New York University with a Bachelors in Nursing and Masters specializing in Primary Care and Palliative Care. Christine holds additional board certifications in Hospice and Palliative Nursing and Critical Care Nursing. Through her many years of acute care experience in Intensive Care Units, PACU and Cardiac Surgery, she witnessed life, death, and near-death experiences meshed with high tech medical interventions. Christine now focuses on providing cutting edge palliation and support to patients with advanced illness. Christine serves as  adjunct clinical faculty at New York University’s College of Nursing, where she teaches undergraduate students and precepts palliative care nurse practitioner students.

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