Harvard Medical SchoolCenter for Palliative Care



Constance Dahlin, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN
Maureen Lynch, MS, ANP-BC, ACHPN, AOCN, FPCN
Deborah Whalen, RN, BSN, OCN, CHPN


June 11-12, 2015


Inn at Longwood Medical, Boston, MA




2-day registration: $300
1-day registration: $200
2-day registration (student): $225
1-day registration (student): $150


5.75 hours for Thursday
6.50 hours for Friday


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Art & Science of Palliative Nursing (ASPN)

Course Description

Palliative care is an essential element of nursing. This two-day program is designed to provide generalist and advanced practice nurses with palliative care knowledge and skills applicable across the health continuum. Through an adult learning model, this course focuses on essential principles and concepts that guide caring for patients and families living with serious and/or life-threatening illness. The emphasis is on promoting quality of life and covers topics ranging from suffering, psychosocial distress, and spiritual concerns, to pain and symptom management. Cultural diversity, communication, ethics, end-of-life care and self-care are integral themes.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • Assess for impact of serious and/or life threatening illness on physical, psychological, social and spiritual domains of quality of life.
  • Develop a plan of care for management of common symptoms
  • Identify, acknowledge, and manage psycho-social-spiritual distress.
  • Utilize principles of communication, ethical decision making, and culture to inform a plan of care.

Continuing Education Credits

Nursing contact hours have been applied for. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an approved provider (#PA-156) of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Association Massachusetts, an accredited approver by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Who Should Attend

Nurses in all health settings who care for patients with serious and/or potentially life-threatening illness and practice at either the generalist and advanced practice level are invited to attend.

Course Location

The Art & Science of Palliative Nursing will be held at the Inn at Longwood Medical, located at 342 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA. The course is conveniently located on the MBTA Green Line (D-Longwood stop or E-Longwood Medical stop), near Fenway and the Longwood Medical Area. The hotel does offer parking. Parking is also available at area garages.

It is recommended that you dress in layers to accommodate variable room temperatures.