Palliative and End of Life Care

Program Description

This subspecialty is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses to provide informed and compassionate palliative and end of life care to patient and families across the lifespan and in a variety of settings.

Students completing this Subspecialty will:

* Recognize dynamic changes in population demographics, health care economics and services delivery that necessitate improvements in palliative and end of life care.
* Explore caregiver attitudes, feelings, values, and expectations about death and grief.
* Promote the provision of palliative and end of life care to the dying as active, desirable, and an integral component of care.
* Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members while implementing the nursing role in palliative and end of life care.
* Explore the experience of suffering, grief, loss, and bereavement for the patient and family.
* Communicate effectively and sensitively with the patient, family, and health care team about palliative and end of life issues.
* Understand legal and ethical principles in the analysis of complex issues and end of life car, recognizing the influence of personal values and professional codes.
* Assess multiple dimensions including physical, psychological, social, spiritual, and cultural needs to improve quality at end of life.
* Demonstrate skill in the development of a plan for improved palliative and end of life care within a health care delivery system or in a community.
* Apply knowledge gained from palliative and end of life care research to education and care.

The Program Director of the Palliative and End of Life Care Nurse Practitioner sub-specialty is Penelope Buschman, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN.

Curriculum

Course Number Course Name Credits
N8755 Introduction to Palliative and End of Life Care Throughout the Lifespan 3
N8756 Seminar in Palliative and End of Life Care 1
N8757 Clinical Practice in Palliative and End of Life Care 1
  Total Credits 5

The above information is current as of 07/15/2013 and is subject to change.

 

 

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