Nursing Management

OF THE DYING PATIENT

Target Audience:
Palliative care nurses, hospice multidisciplinary teams, and pain management nurses. Pediatric and adult oncology nurses, psychologists, and social workers involved in end-of-life care teams

Requirements for participants: RN, MSW, psychologists, and social workers involved in end-of-life care teams

Number of participants:

8-12

Duration:

1 week

Course Structure:

Presentations and lectures, simulations, case discussions, and clinical observations

Background

The tremendous advances in scientific knowledge and technological methods have led to a significant increase in average life expectancy. As people live longer, this results in the prolongation of terminal stages of life in conditions that were not possible in the past. The meeting with the dying patient occurs in almost every clinical field; in the hospital, geriatric institutions, and outpatient clinics. End-of-life care involves complex clinical considerations and excellent interpersonal abilities that consider the many personal moral, religious, and legal aspects involved.

Main Objectives

To provide knowledge about the management of an end-of-life patient
To improve communication skills and nursing interventions, including providing information, advice, accompaniment, and support to the patient and his family, symptom management, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care.

Main Course topics:

  • Trends in end-of-life treatment
  • End of life symptom management: Pain, constipation, diarrhea, anxiety and depression, delirium, shortness of breath
  • Cannabis treatment for a dying patient
  • Preliminary instructions for “a living will”
  • Legal aspects regarding the Dying Patient Act
  • Treatment with subcutaneous infusions
  • End of life feeding
  • Home care for a dying patient
  • Palliative sedation
  • Breaking the bad news (workshop)
  • Treatment of a dying child
  • Psychosocial aspects
  • Multiculturalism: Aspects of religious law
  • Support and emotional support at the end of life
  • Treatment of a dying cardiac patient
  • Treatment of a dying dementia patient
  • Palliative care in the elderly
  • Coping with death (workshop)
  • Compassion fatigue, coping with staff burnout
* The course structure serves as a guideline and can be modified and tailored according to the needs and objectives of each client.

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