Hospice Care: What is it? Who Benefits from it?
The purpose of this course is to instruct the professional nurse in a type of nursing which focuses on caring for terminally ill patients while allowing them to die with dignity. This type of nursing is referred to as hospice care. What hospice care is and what hospice care does as well as who benefits from hospice care will be explored and described in detail. Upon completion of this course the professional nurse will possess an increased understanding of hospice care and the many benefits it provides to patient, family, and community alike; and will be able to meet the following objectives.

Course Publication Date: June 16, 2011

This course is available with NO ADDITIONAL FEE if you have an active one year unlimited membership!

Author:Gloria Tartaglia RN
Course No:HC052911
Contact Hours:3.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Category:Community & Home Health
Geriatric Medicine
Leadership & Case Management
Medical & Surgical Issues
Pain Management

NOTE: The course expired on 12/31/2013.

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Learning Objectives
  • Describe hospice care.
  • State the benefits of hospice care.
  • Explain how hospice care is financed.
  • Compare hospice care with palliative care/home health care.
  • Explain how hospice care is initiated.
  • List the members of the hospice care team.
  • State parameters for admission to a hospice care program.
  • Describe the patient/family’s role during hospice care.
  • Describe the nurse’s role during hospice care.
  • Describe the role of each of the other hospice team members.


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