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NOTE: This course provides less than 1 hour of continuing education credit and will not be accepted in states that require CE courses to provide a minimum of 1 hour of continuing education in a single learning session (e.g., Florida). For information on current CE requirements in your state, consult your state's licensure board for nurses.

Caring for patients as they approach death is difficult, but working together with family and a hospice team to help people on this final journey is a rare privilege that few experience. Instead of feeling pressed to cure a patient when you know you can't, you can put your full effort into helping the person die a good death.

To complete this course, you must do the following:

  • Read the Overall and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Study the Content.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test with a passing score of 80% or more.

    This program describes the importance of a team of professionals and family coming together to give calm and reassuring care to terminally ill patients. The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • Basics of Hospice Care
  • Family Issues
  • As Death Approaches
  • Conclusion

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses and others an understanding of end-of-life care.

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Explain the basics of hospice care.
  • Describe four key area the hospice team need to be aware of when working with family members providing care.
  • Identify the signs of approaching death.

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