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  • Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technicians
Hours: 1 Contact Hour
Author(s): Barbara Rubel, BS, MA, BCETS, CPBC
Peer Reviewer(s): Dianne Hutto Douglas, DNS APRN-CNS
Item#: N1655
Contents: 1 Course Book (48 pages)
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Palliative Care and Hospice Care

Price $10.95
Item # N1655
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Available as an AUDIO BOOK

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Expiration Date: October 31, 2018

End-of-life care is a delicate balance of sensitively providing the patient with care that makes their quality of life meaningful and comfortable.  Palliative and hospice care can deliver much needed health care and mental/spiritual support for the patient and their caregivers. Too often, such care is delayed until the patient is within days of death. Why wait until the last days of life to initiate palliative care? Why not access the best quality of care as soon as possible that supports the patient as well as the family members? All healthcare professionals involved with seriously ill and terminally ill patients should become educated and empowered in obtaining the most effective care indicated as death approaches. 

This course presents palliative and hospice care as treatment options for patients and families experiencing life-limiting illnesses. A description of both palliative care and hospice care will be provided. The second section considers an overview of hospice services as defined by the Hospice Medicare Benefit. The third section summarizes similarities between hospice care and palliative care. The next section explains settings for both types of care, and the last section identifies the importance of training in this type of practice.


This course is an extraction of and should not be taken with N1658 Death, Dying, and Bereavement, 3rd Edition (30 contact hours).

CCMs - This program has been pre-approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit (3 hours) to Certified Case Managers (CCMs)

Course Objectives


  • Identify how a patient’s quality of life is improved by providing palliative care.
  • Describe pediatric palliative care.
  • Examine hospice philosophy and central principles.
  • Discuss eligibility requirements, services, members of the interdisciplinary team as related to Medicare hospice benefits, and average length of stay on hospice.
  • List settings in which palliative and hospice care are provided.


Barbara Rubel, BS, MA, BCETS, CPBC, is a dynamic keynote speaker, trainer, consultant, and acclaimed, nationally recognized author. Barbara received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and an Master of Arts in Community Health, with a concentration in thanatology, from Brooklyn College. She is a board-certified expert in traumatic stress; Diplomate, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress; Certified Bereavement Specialist; and Certified Pastoral Bereavement Counselor. Barbara was featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary Fatal Mistakes, narrated by Mariette Hartley. As a bereavement specialist, Barbara has supported terminally ill individuals, facilitated bereavement support groups, and taught graduate and master’s-level courses at Brooklyn College. Through ShareGrief, she supports the bereaved internationally. She is the author of the book But I Didn’t Say Goodbye and contributing writer in Thin Threads: Grief and Renewal and Open to Hope’s Fresh Grief. Her keynotes on compassion fatigue energize and motivate healthcare professionals to build resilience. Barbara’s website is

Dianne Hutto Douglas, DNS APRN-CNS, is a professor at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing. She received a Bachelor of Nursing Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Nursing and Doctorate of Nursing Science from Louisiana State University Medical Center. Dianne is certified as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse – Clinical Nurse Specialist by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and has experience in medical-surgical nursing and psychiatric nursing. Her research interests include death, dying, bereavement, and grief resolution; gerontology and geropsychiatric nursing; psychiatric nursing and therapeutic communication; and empathy.

  • 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.

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