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End of Life

End of Life

Palliative and Hospice Care

IMPORTANT!! Please check the Board Approval Information below to ensure the course is approved by your professional board and will provide the CE credits you need.

Course Description

End of life care refers to the final weeks of life when death is imminent and unavoidable. In recent years we have witnessed fierce public debates on the subject of death and dying. Studies have supported the need to better address the care of the dying patient. This course discusses the controversies, and presents approaches to meet psychological and physical needs encountered in the dying patient, while empowering the patient.

Purpose and Objectives

  • Differentiate between chronic care, palliative care and hospice care.
  • Intervene appropriately to provide terminal comfort care for a patient and his family in the last days of life.
  • Correctly define DNR and identify three levels that can be offered.
  • Identify situations in which the concept of patient autonomy does not apply and the doctor may make the decisions.
  • Correctly define euthanasia, and the differing levels.
  • Examine sections of the Patient’s Bill of Rights that support the patient’s autonomy in end-of-life care decisions.
  • Identify approaches that can help support a patient’s capacity to make health care decisions.
  • Review the legal aspects of advance directives.

About the Author

Linda S. Greenfield, RN, PhD

Linda is the educational administrator, author and instructor for Consultants for the Future. She is a graduate from Iowa State University and Columbia Pacific University and was listed in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities as a doctorial student. She has taught hundreds of seminars and authored home study courses for over thirty five years in healthcare continuing education.

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Her clinical experiences include acute and long term care, including experience as a flight nurse in the US Air Force and as an educator in a college based nursing program. Linda has a passion for life-long learning and is always on the breaking edge of the latest information in health and healing, integrating both conventional and alternative approaches. She has a knack for breaking down complex topics into easy to understand concepts with practical applications for everyday needs. Linda has been honored as a keynote speaker at several conferences and conventions, including the Spring 2005 conference of the Iowa Department of Health where she spoke about energy healing.

Board Approval Information

End of Life
Palliative and Hospice Care

Consultants for the Future and this course have been approved by the Florida Boards of Nursing; Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling; Nursing Home Administrators; Occupational Therapy Practice; Speech Therapy and Audiology (clinical); The Council of Certified Nursing Assistants; Provider No. 50-435; the Iowa Boards of Nursing, Provider No. 61, the Iowa Behavioral Science Examiners for Mental Health Counselors and Marital & Family Therapists, Sponsor No. 1-05, the Iowa Social Work Examiners, Sponsor No. 334; The Ohio Board of Speech Therapy and Audiology, Provider No. 50-435; the Alabama Board of Occupational Therapy, Provider No. 50-435; the District of Columbia Board of Nursing, Provider No. 50-435; the Georgia Board of Nursing, Provider No. 50-435; and the California Board of Nursing, Provider No. 04422. The Course meets the requirements of the Minnesota, Ohio, Nevada, and Kentucky Boards of Nursing, and other states by reciprocity.

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