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 9-10, 2016


Inn at Longwood Medical
Boston, MA




2-day registration: $350
1-day registration: $250
2-day registration (student): $250
1-day registration (student): $175


6.00 contact hours will be awarded for attending the Thursday program in its entirety.
6.50 contact hours will be awarded for attending the Friday program in its entirety.


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Art & Science of Palliative Nursing (ASPN)

A Course for Nurses in Palliative Care Basics

Course Description

Palliative care is an essential element of nursing. This two-day course 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:

  • Discuss the development of global palliative care.
  • Describe one pharmacologic and one non-pharmacologic intervention for anxiety in palliative setting.
  • Articulate two important features of documentation for wound care in the palliative care population.
  • Identify two best practices for management strategies for palliative care patients with dysphagia.
  • Discuss two positive and two negative effects of cessation of eating and drinking at end of life.
  • Utilize two principles of communication, two principles of ethical decision making, and one principle of culture to inform a plan of care.
  • Describe three common symptoms at pediatric end of life and two strategies to treat each.
  • Identify two considerations for use of artificial nutrition and hydration at end of life.

Continuing Education Credits

6.00 contact hours will be awarded for attending the Thursday program in its entirety
6.50 contact hours will be awarded for attending the Friday program in its entirety
12.50 total contact hours

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. Parking is available at the hotel as well as area garages.

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