Nursing: End-of-Life Care, 2nd Edition

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About this Course

This course presents 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 advanced 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.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • 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.

About the Author:
Barbara Rubel, BS, MA, BCETS, DAAETS

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. Ms. Rubel'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. She is currently a consultant with the Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime and co-wrote its training curriculum, Compassion Fatigue/Vicarious Trauma. Ms. Rubel received a BS in Psychology and MA in Community Health, with a concentration in thanatology, from Brooklyn College. She 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

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