Advanced Palliative Care Concepts and Practice for Nurses



This course is intended for registered nurses licensed in Quebec who are familiar with the basics of palliative care and want to gain a deeper understanding of the complex needs of patients who are nearing the end of  life.  It is not restricted to nurses who work exclusively in a palliative milieu as those who work in varied clinical areas on occasion care for clients who have terminal or advancing illness.


This course fulfills 7 accredited CE hours for nursing license renewal.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course participants will be able to:

  1. Provide examples of 3 principles of palliative practice and what they look like in the practice environment (for example, autonomy, comfort care, dignity, decision-making etc.)
  2. Anticipate specific treatment for patients experiencing: pain, dyspnea and delirium
  3. State the most common methods to control dyspnea in patients who have advanced terminal illness
  4. Describe the difference between breakthrough pain and the regular pain and anticipate their respective treatments
  5. State the most common causes of and treatment options for terminal delirium
  6. Explain the nursing implications related to Quebec’s Law 2 (l’aide medicale à mourir)
  7. Name at least 5 caring behaviours that nurses can do for their patients
  8. Define what palliative sedation is and describe 3 nursing responsibilities in caring for a patient receiving palliative sedation
  9. Understand and recognize grief in a nursing colleague and oneself
  10. Give an example of a barrier to open communication between the nurse and the patient/family
  11. Give an example of a method used to open up communication between the nurse and the patient/family

$165 plus tax, for the 7 hour day


John Abbott College
Sceau avec UEC