An Introduction to Palliative and End of Life Care


This course is intended for registered nurses licensed in Quebec who work in any care setting and provide care to patients with a chronic or terminal life-limiting 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. State the goals of palliative care
  2. State at least 5 diagnosis that are associated with poor prognoses
  3. Explain the implications of different illness trajectories and the impact they have on end of life care planning
  4. Assess and anticipate specific treatment for patients experiencing : pulmonary congestion, pain, constipation, nausea and vomiting
  5. Recognize and assess different types of pain most commonly noted in palliative patients and the use of the various pain scales
  6. Recognize the WHO pain ladder and the importance of referring to in order to provide safe pain management
  7. Calculate the correct dosage of breakthrough pain medication
  8. State the advantages of giving pain medications regularly and gain an understanding of the preferred route of administration
  9. Recognize the signs and symptoms of imminent death
  10. State the similarities and differences between Quebec’s law 2 and the Supreme Court of Canada rulings concerning physician assisted death
  11. Anticipate the nursing implications when participating in cases where patients request Law 2

    $165 plus tax, for the 7 hour day


    John Abbott College – Britain Hall building (BH-011)

    Sceau avec UEC