Certificate in End of Life Care

Certificate in End of Life Care

When you work in end of life care, you must be prepared for the challenges it brings you, your patients, and their families. This course will enhance the knowledge and skills of health care professionals and individuals who work with or care for those experiencing a terminal illness.
6 weeks / 19 Course Hrs
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Details

It takes a special person to care for those at the end of their life's journey. Yet for the terminally ill and their families, the gifts of compassion, dedication and skill are priceless treasures. The End of Life Care Certificate covers the issues and practices involved with caring for the terminally ill.

In this online certificate, you will learn to address the ethical issues and characteristics of hospice and palliative care. You will understand the assessment and management of pain. And you will be able to help patients and their families cope with dying, death, and the grief that follows.

Accreditation:

ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC was awarded Accreditation with Distinction, the highest recognition awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Accreditation Program.

ALLEGRA Learning Solutions courses are acceptable for CE contact hours in all states.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 14693, for the stated number of contact hours.

ALLEGRA Learning Solutions courses are approved for continuing education credit for diabetes educators. All ANCC accredited courses are accepted for continuing education credit by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE).

ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider.  Provider Number 451562-11

This activity is being provided by ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC and jointly provided by Cengage Learning, Inc.

Expiration Date: 06/30/2019

Enrollment Options:
Instructor-Led
6 weeks Access Course Code: 0el
Start Dates*Nov 13 | Dec 11 | Jan 15 | Feb 12
*Choose start date in cart
$189.00
Self-Paced
3 Months Access Course Code: T9642
No Instructor, Start Anytime
$114.00

Syllabus

The goal of this course is to provide health care professionals with the tools necessary to make ethical decisions when providing care for patients at the end of their lives. Key ethical issues related to end-of-life care, including advance directives, euthanasia, medical futility, do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders, pain management, terminal hydration, organ donation, and considerations for the neonatal and pediatric patient are examined. In addition, guidelines for dealing with ethical dilemmas are also provided.

The role of hospice and palliative care is rapidly expanding due to a better understanding of end-of-life issues by health care professionals. The goal of this course is to provide nurses and health care professionals with an overview of end-of-life issues in hospice and palliative care, including the specific characteristics of hospice and palliative care and the similarities and differences in hospice and palliative care for both adults and children.

To provide quality care to individuals at this stage of their lives, health care practitioners must be particularly skilled at assessing pain, understanding misconceptions of pain management, addressing cultural issues in pain management, and providing effective pain therapies. The goal of this course is to provide health care providers with an overview of pain assessment and management for patients of all ages during their end-of-life care, including cultural considerations and pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic management techniques.  

For health care professionals to provide compassionate, quality care to patients at the end of life, they must understand the many changes the patient undergoes. The goal of this course is to examine one specific aspect of holistic end-of-life care: the physiologic changes in body systems associated with the end of life. Guidelines for the care of specific physical symptoms at the end of life will also be presented.

The goal of this course is to provide health care professionals with an understanding of the spiritual, psychological, social, and physical aspects of the dying experience; the nature of care and the needs of the dying; supportive aspects of care for the dying; the grieving process; healing from grief and loss; and cultural differences in response to death and grief.

Diverse populations in the United States provide health-care professionals with tremendous opportunities to bridge cultural gaps and learn about different values and religious and spiritual belief systems. The goal of this course is to provide an overview of specific cultural influences at the end of life for African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indian/Alaskan Natives, and Muslim Americans, including the impact of religion and spirituality on funeral and burial practices and the challenges for health-care professionals to become culturally competent with end-of-life care.

The goal of this course is to examine the epidemiology of pediatric death; differentiate between hospice, palliative, and end-of-life care; explain important elements of symptom management; discuss factors relating to caring for parents and a dying child; explain facets of spiritual care of a dying child; and explore future directions for pediatric palliative care.

By anticipating the demands of end-of-life, caregiving can shift the journey to one in which support focuses on acceptance and healing. The goal of this course is to review family and caregiver issues, explain patient rights and the ethical principles of caregiving, examine behavioral, nutritional, and safety issues of caregiving, and explore integrative health methods of supporting caregiver well-being.

Health care providers need to understand the issues surrounding organ and tissue donation and recovery so they can effectively support the needs of donor families and donor recipients. The goal of this course is for the learner to provide an overview of the complex and challenging issues surrounding organ and tissue donation and recovery, including methods of compassionately and effectively supporting the family during the process.

Requirements

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Java. Click here to download Java.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Instructor

Cyndie Koopsen is a nurse who has cared for patients in acute care settings, community clinics, and the home. Her professional nursing career has involved nursing executive leadership and administration, staff development and education, community education and wellness, and holistic care. She has designed, developed, and presented numerous educational programs for audiences covering integrative health, promotion and wellness, and chronic disease management and prevention. She is the co-author of "Spirituality, Health, and Healing and Integrative Health: A Holistic Approach for Health Professionals."

Caroline Young, M.P.H., has an extensive public health background that includes research experience, workshop presentations, and instruction. She has designed, developed, and instructed numerous integrative health programs for diverse populations, senior populations, and faith communities. Young is the co-author of "Spirituality, Health, and Healing and Integrative Health: A Holistic Approach for Health Professionals."

Reviews

I found this course not only informative for the type of work I am going into, but very informative regarding personal healing that has taken place over the past decade, due to some personal losses I have experienced. Thank you for this class. I have enjoyed learning the material.

This has been a very interesting and emotional journey for me. I really had to get in touch with my own loss of family and how I think of death. I have started using some of the ideas with my mother-in-law who is 93 years old, especially the journals and going through her doll collection. Thank you for the inspiration of your work.

I am a nurse and I am interested in hospice care. I found this course very helpful. Thank you!

I found this course informative for the type of work I am going into. It's also very informative regarding personal healing that has taken place over the past decade, due to some personal losses I have experienced. Thank you for this class. I have enjoyed learning the material.

This course provided useful, concise, practical information to all those working with the dying and their families. Although I am retired, I continue to volunteer assisting the terminally ill with their journey. Particularly interesting was the information regarding cultural differences and how to work with those who have different ideologies, beliefs, religions and values. I will have a better understanding of my feelings toward the dying process and be more understanding about what is taking place and how others view and approach the topic.

Always knowing that this is a time of hardship for the patient and the family, and I was always most attentive to both the personal needs of the patient and the family, I feel that my understanding of the process is far more meaningful now that I have had this class. It is a dying process that most health professionals don't understand, or take the time to understand. I will recommend this class to all my associates, I enjoyed it very much.

I am very pleased and satisfied with this course, it was very interesting. It will help me in my own life and in my job too. I will recommend it to others caregivers who want to learn more about this interesting topic.

I have never taken an online class before and really enjoyed this one. I have done hospice as a volunteer for about ten years and this class was full of information. Thank you for sharing it.

I am a skeptic about online courses but the subject matter is of great interest. I have been very surprised at the deep thought and challenging questions the exams provided. I actually learned a lot through the class.

This class was extremely interesting to me, and also helped me to understand that two years after the death of a loved one, it is normal to still be grieving. It helped me better understand my own grief process, and that of my children. Thank you for that.