Art & Science of Palliative Nursing (ASPN)
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.
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 such as pain, fatigue, anorexia
- Identify, acknowledge, and manage psycho-social-spiritual distress.
- Utilize principles of communication, ethical decision making, and culture to inform a plan of care.
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.