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.
At the end of the course participants will be able to:
- 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.)
- Anticipate specific treatment for patients experiencing: pain, dyspnea and delirium
- State the most common methods to control dyspnea in patients who have advanced terminal illness
- Describe the difference between breakthrough pain and the regular pain and anticipate their respective treatments
- State the most common causes of and treatment options for terminal delirium
- Explain the nursing implications related to Quebec’s Law 2 (l’aide medicale à mourir)
- Name at least 5 caring behaviours that nurses can do for their patients
- Define what palliative sedation is and describe 3 nursing responsibilities in caring for a patient receiving palliative sedation
- Understand and recognize grief in a nursing colleague and oneself
- Give an example of a barrier to open communication between the nurse and the patient/family
- 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