Nursing: Care, Compassion, and End-of-Life Issues

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About the Course

When hearing the phrase “end-of-life care,” many healthcare professionals, as well as healthcare consumers, may think of older adults who are near the end of their lives, possibly at home or in a long-term care facility. However, nurses must help people of all ages (and their families) deal with end-of-life issues. A patient receiving end-of-life care may be a young child with cancer, a young adult who is in an intensive care unit following a catastrophic car accident, or an older adult who is at the end of a long life. The principles of end-of-life care are the same, nonetheless, and focus on providing the best possible care and emotional support for patients and families with compassion and respect for the dignity of the patient.  This course presents information regarding standards and competencies of palliative nursing practice, body changes as death nears, physical comfort measures at the end-of-life, factors relating to advance directives, and cultural considerations when providing end-of-life care.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Discuss the standards and competencies of palliative nursing practice.
  • Describe body changes as death nears.
  • Identify comfort measures and nursing interventions for end-of-life care.
  • Identify important factors relating to advance directives.
  • Discuss religious/cultural considerations for end-of-life care.

About the Author:
Adrianne E. Avillion, D.Ed., RN

Adrianne E. Avillion, D.Ed, RN, is an accomplished nursing professional development specialist and health care author. She earned her doctoral degree in adult education and her MSN from Penn State University and a BSN from Bloomsburg University. Dr. Avillion has held a variety of nursing positions as a staff nurse in critical care and physical medicine and rehabilitation settings with emphasis on neurological and mental health nursing, as well as a number of leadership roles in nursing professional development. She has published extensively and is a frequent presenter at conferences and conventions devoted to the specialty of continuing education and nursing professional development. Dr. Avillion owns and is the CEO of Strategic Nursing Professional Development, a business that specializes in continuing education for health care professionals and consulting services in nursing professional development. Her publications include: The Path to Stress-Free Nursing Professional Development: 50 No-Nonsense Solutions to Everyday Challenges and Nursing Professional Development: A Practical Guide for Evidence-Based Education.

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