National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
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Hospice Aides Webinar Series
Wednesdays; November 1, 8 and 15
This new, three part series is designed for Hospice Aides (CNAs and HHAs) who work in hospice programs; on palliative, acute or long term care units; and in home and community care.
The Webinar series will be facilitated by Katherine Murray, RN, BSN, CHPCN(C).
Katherine Murray, RN, BSN, CHPCN(C)
Katherine Murray is a hospice and palliative care nurse, thanatologist, great admirer of the work of the Hospice Aide and other frontline caregivers and an author of the text Essentials in Hospice and Palliative Care: A Resource for Nursing Assistants. She is an engaging speaker, and desires to create learning experiences that are user friendly and engaging.
During National Hospice Month, NHPCO wants to recognize, celebrate and honor the work of Hospice Aides. This series will share practice strategies for supporting patients, families and hospice teams as well as examples of excellence of Hospice Aides working across the country.
Your Registration includes:
- Unlimited number of participants in the series
- MP4 recording of the series
- One copy of (for full organization registrations only, i.e. not for additional sites):
Essentials in Hospice and Palliative Care: A Resource for Nursing Assistants by Katherine Murray, RN, BSN, MA, FT, CHPCN(C) (text and companion workbook – 2 vital resources for hospice aides)
November 1: Common Patterns of Dying – Preparing to Care
The common patterns of decline associated with dying, ways that hospice and palliative care programs have evolved to best address the needs of the dying and strategies to ensure compassionate and effective presence and interaction when providing care will be the highlights of this session.
- Explain common patterns of decline in the dying process and the effects on the patient/family
- Discuss three ways that hospice and palliative care have evolved to effectively address changing needs
- Identify strategies to ensure compassionate and effective presence and interaction
November 8: Increasing Comfort for a Person Experiencing Pain
The role of the Hospice Aide as a vital member of the interdisciplinary team and his/her role in providing comfort to patients experiencing pain will be the focus of this session. Pain assessment and non-pharmacological strategies for improving physical comfort and supporting the family will be included.
- Explain the principles of palliative care
- Identify eight important questions for gathering information from a person experiencing pain
- Describe comfort measures/strategies to help prevent pain, respond to pain “in the moment” and to support the family
November 15: Increasing Comfort for a Person Experiencing Breathing Difficulty or Decreased Appetite
This session will focus on symptoms that often cause significant distress for patients/families. Drawing on the principles of palliative care, Hospice Aides will learn about symptom management and ways to support patients/families.
- Describe the challenges of difficult breathing; identify comfort measures, how to respond “in the moment” and how to support the patient/family
- Discuss the challenges of decreased appetite, truths of nutrition across the lifespan and how to support the patient/family