Care, Compassion, and End-of-Life Issues - N33915

About the Course:
When hearing the phrase “end-of-life care,” many healthcare professionals, as well as healthcare consumers, may think of older adults who are near the end of their lives, possibly at home or in a long-term care facility. However, nurses must help people of all ages (and their families) deal with end-of-life issues. A patient receiving end-of-life care may be a young child with cancer, a young adult who is in an intensive care unit following a catastrophic car accident, or an older adult who is at the end of a long life. The principles of end-of-life care are the same, nonetheless, and focus on providing the best possible care and emotional support for patients and families with compassion and respect for the dignity of the patient.  This course presents information regarding standards and competencies of palliative nursing practice, body changes as death nears, physical comfort measures at the end-of-life, factors relating to advance directives, and cultural considerations when providing end-of-life care.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Discuss the standards and competencies of palliative nursing practice.
  • Describe body changes as death nears.
  • Identify comfort measures and nursing interventions for end-of-life care.
  • Identify important factors relating to advance directives.
  • Discuss religious/cultural considerations for end-of-life care.

About the Author:
Adrianne E. Avillion, D.Ed., RN, is an accomplished nursing professional development specialist and healthcare author. She earned a doctoral degree in adult education and a M.S. in nursing from Penn State University, and a B.S.N. from Bloomsburg University. Dr. Avillion has held a variety of nursing positions as a staff nurse in critical care and physical medicine and rehabilitation settings, as well as numerous leadership roles in professional development. She has published extensively, and is a frequent presenter at conferences and conventions devoted to the specialty of continuing education and nursing professional development. Dr. Avillion owns and is the CEO of Strategic Nursing Professional Development, a business that specializes in continuing education for healthcare professionals and consulting services in nursing professional development.

How to receive credit:
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 2-hour commitment of time.
  • Complete the self-assessment quiz questions which are at the end of the course or integrated throughout the course. These questions are NOT GRADED. The correct answer is shown after you answer the question. If the incorrect answer is selected, the rationale for the correct answer is provided. These questions help to affirm what you have learned from the course.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to complete either:
    • An affirmation that you have completed the educational activity.
    • A mandatory test (a passing score of 70 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • If requested, provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.


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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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Course verification
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