Loss, Grief and Bereavement, 5th Edition

About this Course
This edition of Loss, Grief, and Bereavement explores common concerns revealed by the study of death and underscores the importance of nurses and other clinicians learning about loss, grief, and bereavement. The content has been substantially revised to include the challenges of dealing with COVID related deaths and family coping.   A major emphasis of this course is on providing an understanding of the foundation of the impact of death, loss, and grief on the clinician so that he or she can develop the ability to provide compassionate care to patients during their time of need. COVID death challenges have stretched the boundaries of understanding and coping.  This course will prepare clinicians to confidently discuss informed consent, advance directives, living wills, and life-sustaining treatment options at the end of life. The emphasis is on better equipping clinicians to help patients with advance care planning and its various documents, as well as the ethical and spiritual issues that may arise when assisting patients in conveying their wishes for end-of-life care. 

Learning Outcomes
After completing this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Explain common concerns related to death and a positive way of thinking about thanatology, or the study of death.
  • Identify the components and functions of the American death system.
  • Describe the purpose and approaches of palliative care and hospice care in delivering high-quality care at the end of life and the significance of advance care planning.
  • Identify the importance of respect for patients’ religious beliefs, rituals, and practices at the end of life and immediately after death.
  • Describe factors that influence the way patients grieve after experiencing a loss.
  • Identify the magnitude of suicide as a public health concern and the related implications for nurses and other clinicians.
  • Describe challenging issues affecting survivors of homicide victims (co-victims).
  • Explain how bereaved individuals, including children and adolescents, cope with mourning, loss, and grief.
  • Describe effective communication techniques tailored to the needs of the bereaved, including individuals and groups.
  • Recognize resilient self-care strategies to help prevent and cope with compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma from working with dying individuals and their families.
  • Identify a framework for interprofessional education and training on community bereavement after violent death and mass trauma.
  • Recognize ways in which employers can protect the well-being of their employees who experience loss.

About the Authors
Amisha Parekh de Campos, PhD, MPH, RN, CHPN, is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing and the quality and education coordinator of the Middlesex Health Hospice Program, Middletown, Connecticut. Amisha received her PhD in nursing from the University of Connecticut (2020), her BS and MPH in global health from the George Washington University (2001 and 2005), and her BSN from the University of St. Joseph (2009); additional certifications include hospice and palliative care (CHPN). Amisha started her career establishing public health clinics and training community health workers in rural areas of south India and the Dominican Republic. She led initiatives on the prevention of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), tuberculosis, and mosquito-borne illnesses with community, government, and private organizations.

Roxann Boysen, CNS, CT, MS, RN, ACP, CSCR, CUCR, has been a professor of nursing for more than 25 years at South Dakota State University (SDSU). She received her master’s degree, CNS (1995), bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing (1989), and associate degree in nursing (1979) from the University of South Dakota and a Practical Nursing Certificate from Worthington Junior College (1974). Additional certifications include First Steps Advance Care Planning (ACP) Facilitator Certification (2016); Certification in Thanatology (CT; 2015) from the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC); End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium Curriculum (ELNEC) Core and Advanced Practice (2013); and Certification in University Crisis Response (CUCR; 2000) and School Crisis Response (2000) from the National Center for Crisis Management.

Sharon Coyle-Saeed, MSW, is a licensed master of social work who received her graduate degree from Rutgers University School of Social Work with a specialty in health and aging, serves the hospice families of Monmouth/Middlesex for VNAHG as a bereavement counselor. She is an advanced grief recovery method specialist and has been trained in complicated grief therapy at Columbia School of Social Work. Sharon is the owner of several blogs, podcasts, and online groups to support those processing grief. She is also a certified functional health coach, clinical emotional freedom technique (tapping) practitioner, trained in CBT at the Beck Institute, a certified meditation instructor, and a reiki master. 

How to Receive Credit  
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 30-hour commitment of time. 
  • At the end of the course, answer the Yes/No Affirmation question to indicate that you have completed the educational activity.
  • Specific to Florida: A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 70% or higher is required. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

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Course ID: 59179