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Course Description

When it comes to end of life care there are many issues that the patient and family members will go through emotionally, physically, and spiritually. At the very moment a patient is diagnosed with a serious illness, everyone is left with questions, concerns, sadness, and more. While this is a very difficult time, it is going to be very important that the patient and family members plan and prepare for what lies ahead.

The planning process includes everything, like where the patient will receive care, who will care for the patient, what types of treatment they desire and for how long, who will make decisions if they are unable to, what will happen to their assets, who will have custody of their children, and so much more. Since so many questions are left unanswered, the process is even more difficult and yet it is still so important to begin answering all of these questions as soon as possible.

During the patient's illness, the plan will need to be adjusted, but with good communication amongst all of the involved parties--along with teamwork and honesty--everyone can effectively work together with the patient to ensure that the last months of the patient's life are as positive as possible.

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Recognize emotions and coping skills.
  • Describe communication techniques and etiquette when faced with an end of life care situation.
  • Know patient planning/end of life planning procedures.
  • Describe physical symptoms and pain management techniques.
  • Describe in home care.
  • Describe palliative care.
  • Describe hospice care.
  • Identify hospitals and nursing homes and end of life care.
  • Identify situations when patients refuse care.
  • Know legal and financial plans in end of life care issues.
  • Know what needs to be done and how to cope after the patient is gone, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 
 
 

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Lesson 1: Emotions & Coping: Patients and Family Members

When a person has come to realize that they are coming to the end of their life, they will experience a wide range of emotions and feelings. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: End of Life: Questions and Answers; End of Life Coping
  • Take Poll: End of Life Course
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1: Emotions & Coping: Patients and Family Members

Lesson 2: Communication

Good communication will be crucial when dealing with end of life care. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Talking about Death; Communicating with the Dying
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: Communication

Lesson 3: Patient Planning/ End of Life Planning

It is impossible for someone to know their time and place of death; however, if you know it will be soon, there are things that can be done to plan for what lies ahead. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Planning for Dying Wishes; Estate Planning
  • Take Poll: End of Life Planning
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3: Patient Planning/ End of Life Planning

Lesson 4: Physical Symptoms & Pain Management

Depending on the patient's illness, they can have a variety of different symptoms. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: The Dying Process; Signs of Approaching Death
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4: Physical Symptoms & Pain Management

Lesson 5: In Home Care

Many patients will decide that they would like to remain within the home with their loved ones and be cared for by them. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Dying at Home
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5: In Home Care

Lesson 6: Palliative Care

Many patients and family members are not sure what palliative care is exactly. They may be unsure of how it can help, who is involved, when this type of care is appropriate, and so on. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: What is palliative care?
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6: Palliative Care

Lesson 7: Hospice

The concept of Hospice dates all the back to 1967 and served the purpose of offering a place for travelers who fell ill during their journey. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Hospice Foundation of America; Hospice Care
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7: Hospice

Lesson 8: Hospitals & Nursing Homes

Often times a patient will make the decision to either remain in the hospital during end of life care or reside within a nursing home. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: A Dignified End of Life
  • Take Poll: End of Life Care
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8: Hospitals & Nursing Homes

Lesson 9: Refusing Care

Sometimes a patient will refuse certain types, or all types of care. Because of the seriousness of that decision it is important to understand the treatment in which they are refusing. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9: Refusing Care

Lesson 10: Legal & Financial Plans

There are many legal aspects that the patient and family members will need to consider such as estate and financial planning. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Coping Financially; End of Life Decision Making
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10: Legal & Financial Plans

Lesson 11: After the Patient is Gone

After the patient is gone loved ones of the patient will go through various emotions and will cope in different ways. 60 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Coping with Grief and Loss; Funeral Costs
  • Take Poll: Final Course Poll - Your Opinion
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11: After the Patient is Gone
  • Complete: The Final Exam
159
Total Course Points

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Course Title: End of Life Care
Course Number: 7550524
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 0.4 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Cheryl Reinerio, RN, BC, MSN
Syllabus: View Syllabus
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Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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