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Certificate in End of Life Care

End-of-life care presents health care professionals as well as patients and family members with many challenges and dilemmas. Education in the holistic and integrative care of individuals at the end of life builds on and expands professional competencies and brings healing and transformation. 

The Certificate in End-of-Life Issues represents a specialization in the field of caring for those who are experiencing a terminal illness. It is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of individuals who work with dying patients by providing a multidisciplinary educational experience.

6 Weeks / 19 Course Hrs
Starting December 12, 2018

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Starting December 12 | January 16

Certificate in End of Life Care

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Course Code: 0el

What You Will Learn
  • Develop and interdisciplinary approach on end-of-life care
  • Understand the ethical issues surrounding end-of-life care
  • Learn special characteristics of hospice and palliative care
  • Understand pain management and assessment as well as physiologic changes patients may experience
  • Learn how to help patients and families cope with death, dying and grief
  • Understand cultural considerations surrounding end-of-life care
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 19 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Distinguish yourself as a knowledgeable, skilled and committed professional in the area of end-of-life care
  • Fulfill continuing education hours in many professions

Outline

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End of Life Issues – Ethical Issues

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.

End of Life Issues – Hospice and Palliative Care

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.

End of Life Issues – Pain Assessment and Management

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.  

End of Life Issues – Physiological Changes at the End of Life

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.

End of Life Issues – Death, Dying and Grief

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.

Cultural Considerations at the End of Life

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.

Pediatric End-of-Life Care – Compassion and Caring

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.

Caregiving at the End of Life – Issues and Considerations

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.

Organ and Tissue Donation and Recovery

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.

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Instructors & Support

Cyndie Koopsen

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

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.”

Requirements

Prerequisites / Requirements

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

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.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Instructional Materials

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

More About

You must complete all lessons to receive your certificate. To complete each lesson, click on the lesson title that you would like to complete. When you are ready to take the final for each lesson, proceed to the Finals section and select the final you wish to take.

You must pass the final exam in all lessons with a score of 80% or higher AND complete the Evaluation Form in order to receive your Certificate of Completion. Finals are graded as Pass or No Pass. Receipt of your certificate indicates successful completion of the course and that you have passed all final exams with a score of 80% or greater. You may retake final exams as many times as necessary within the six week duration of the course at no additional charge.

Expiration Date: 06/30/2019

FAQs

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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

When will I receive my certificate?

You must complete all lessons to receive your certificate. You must pass the final exam in all lessons with a score of 80% or higher AND complete the Evaluation Form in order to receive your Certificate of Completion. Finals are graded as Pass or No Pass. Receipt of your certificate indicates successful completion of the course and that you have passed all final exams with a score of 80% or greater. You may retake final exams as many times as necessary within the duration of the course at no additional charge.

Will I be awarded continue education hours for this course?

Yes, ALLEGRA Learning Solutions courses are acceptable for CE contact hours in all states, however all healthcare providers are responsible for checking the "Accreditation" list to determine if this course awards contact hours for their profession.

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

Is the course accredited?

Yes. 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.

No individual in a position to control content for this activity has any conflicts of interest or relevant financial relationships to declare.

There is no commercial support being received for this activity.

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