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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technician
Hours: 5 Contact Hours
Author(s): Barbara Rubel, BS, MA, BCETS, DAAETS
Peer Reviewer(s): Susan DeSanto-Madeya, PhD, APN, RNTS
Item#: N1956
Contents: 1 Course Book (64 pages)
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End of Life Care, 2nd Edition

Price $27.95
Item # N1956
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Release Date: November 9, 2018

Expiration Date: November 30, 2021

This course contains essential information for nurses who work with seriously ill and dying patients and their families. By understanding the role of palliative and hospice care, nurses can provide the best quality of care at the end of life, while remaining respectful of patients and putting their wishes first. Content on advance care planning helps nurses become better communicators with patients and fosters a better understanding of the different settings and eligibility requirements for palliative and hospice care. Misconceptions and barriers to providing end-of-life care are also discussed.

Course Objectives

  • Explain how end-of-life care improves the quality of life of patients.
  • Identify the different types of palliative care and hospice eligibility requirements.
  • Describe the different settings for providing palliative and hospice care.
  • Discuss end-of-life care planning to meet all aspects of a patient’s and family’s needs.
  • Discuss ways in which clinicians can provide support to patients coping with dying and to colleagues following the death of a patient.
  • Identify misconceptions and barriers to providing end-of-life care and alleviating patient and family suffering.

Barbara Rubel, BS, MA, BCETS, DAAETS, is a nationally recognized keynote speaker and trainer on compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. Her keynotes motivate nurses and other clinicians to build resilience. Barbara is the author of the book But I Didn’t Say Goodbye. She is a contributing writer in Thin Threads: Grief and Renewal, Open to Hope’s Fresh Grief, Coaching for Results: Expert Advice from 25 Top International Coaches, and Keys to a Good Life: Wisdom to Unlock Your Power Within. She was featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary Fatal Mistakes: Families Shattered by Suicide, narrated by Mariette Hartley. Barbara’s background includes working as a hospice bereavement coordinator and serving as an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College, where she taught undergraduate and master’s courses in death, life, and health; children and death; health crisis intervention; and health counseling. Barbara currently is a consultant with the Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime and co-wrote its training curriculum, Compassion Fatigue/Vicarious Trauma. Barbara received a BS in Psychology and MA in Community Health, with a concentration in thanatology, from Brooklyn College. Barbara is a board-certified expert in traumatic stress and diplomate with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. Her website can be found at

Susan DeSanto-Madeya, PhD, APN, RN, is an associate clinical professor at the William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College, in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, where she has served on the faculty since 2004. She is also a nurse scientist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Dr. DeSanto-Madeya was previously an associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts – Boston. She received her MSN and PhD in Nursing from Widener University. Dr. DeSanto-Madeya has served in leadership positions with the Boston Chapter of the Hospice and Palliative Nursing Association. In 2016, she was named a Sojourns Palliative Care Scholar Leader by the Cambia Foundation and is currently implementing an Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Certificate program at Boston College. Dr. DeSanto-Madeya has published extensively on end-of-life care, palliative care, and the role of caregivers.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.