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HLT 103: Hospice and Palliative Care

Course Description

This course will focus on training and educating nursing assistants and others who care for those who have a terminal illness and require hospice and palliative care. The course includes an overview of hospice and palliative care particularly as it applies to nursing assistants, pain and symptom management, ethical issues, cultural issues, communication at the end of life, care of the family, and spiritual care. This course will incorporate clinical practicum experiences that will be performed under the guidance of a mentor to ensure the practical application of the objectives of the course.

Prerequisite

  • None

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Describe the major goals of hospice care, the members of the hospice team,and the roles of the nursing assistant or direct caregiver.
  2. Identify effective strategies for pain observation and management.
  3. Explain the importance of symptom management at the end of life and the role of the caregiver in symptom management.
  4. Discuss ethical issues that occur at the end of life and the effective management of these issues.
  5. Examine effective end of life communication skills for family members.
  6. Describe cultural and spiritual competence and ways to provide culturally and spiritually competent care.
  7. Describe the near death and dying process and key caregiver roles at these times.
  8. Describe professional standards and expectations as a hospice caregiver.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

For each unit, we will follow the DOIT format:
Define - identifies the objectives of the unit each week.
Observation - this includes lecture, reading assignments and field experiences/assignments
Intervention - engage in field experiences/assignments
Tried and True - assignments that may include discussion board questions, papers, and/or quizzes

Assignment(s)PointsWeight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

150

20%

Quizzes (Weeks 1-7)

140

20%

Clinical Journaling (Weeks 1-7)

140

20%

Case Study (Week 8)

10

20%

Final Exam (Week 8)

100

20%

Total

540

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Sutermaster. (2015). Core Curriculum for the Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistant. Hospice and Palliative Nursing Association. 3rd edition. ISBN-10: 1-934654-48-5 or ISBN-13: 978-1-934654-48-4

Course Schedule

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignment(s)

1

1,8

Topics: Introduction and Overview of Hospice and Palliative Care

  • Readings:
    • Introduction (pp. vii-viii)
    • Chapter 1
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Discussion board questions (2)
  • Review the Lecture and linked website material
  • Take Quiz 1
  • Complete Clinical Journal

2

2,3

Topics: Pain and Symptom Management at the End of Life

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 2
    • Chapter 3
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Discussion board questions (2)
  • Review the Lecture and linked website material
  • Take Quiz 2
  • Complete Clinical Journal
3

4

Topic: Ethical Issues in End of Life Care
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 4
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Discussion board questions (2)
  • Review the Lecture and linked website material
  • Take Quiz 3
  • Complete Clinical Journal

4

5,8

Topic: Communicating at the End of Life
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 5
    • Chapter 10
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Discussion board questions (2)
  • Review the Lecture and linked website material
  • Take Quiz 4
  • Complete Clinical Journal

5

6

Topics: Cultural and Spiritual Care
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 6
    • Chapter 8
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Discussion board questions (2)
  • Review the Lecture and linked website material
  • Take Quiz 5
  • Complete Clinical Journal

6

5,6,8

Topics: Loss and Bereavement
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 7
    • Chapter 10
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Discussion board questions (2)
  • Review the Lecture and linked website material
  • Take Quiz 6
  • Complete Clinical Journal

7

7

Topic: Care of the Patient and Family When Death is Near
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 9
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Discussion board questions (2)
  • Review the Lecture and linked website material
  • Take Quiz 7
  • Complete Clinical Journal

8

1-8

Topics: Conclusion and Reflection

  • Participate in the Case Study Discussions
  • Complete Final Exam

Final Exam

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Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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