Hospice 101: A Brief Overview of Hospice for the Acute Care Registered Nurse
The purpose of this course is to provide a basic overview of hospice services and qualifications for nurses and other medical professionals to empower them to further their interest in hospice with the hope of providing patients with a more holistic health care experience and quality end-of-life care. Hospice regulations will be discussed along with an explanation of the four hospice levels of care and an overview of the nurse’s role in hospice. The differences between home hospice and inpatient hospice care will also be examined. Ethical tenets will be applied to the hospice environment as well as the impact of chronic illness on the patient and family and, finally, suggestions on methods to instill a sense of hope surrounding the hospice patient will be discussed.

Course Publication Date: August 09, 2022

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

Author:Susan Hausle MSN, RN, CHPN
Course No:HOSPICE0822
Contact Hours:2.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Category:Geriatric Medicine
Leadership & Case Management
Professional Issues
Learning Objectives
  • Compare hospice and palliative care

  • Differentiate the four hospice levels of care

  • List three hospice-appropriate terminal diagnoses

  • State the guidelines for a Certificate of Terminal Illness

  • Distinguish the differences between home hospice and inpatient hospice care

  • Depict the nurse’s role in hospice care

  • Explain the four main ethical considerations of hospice

  • Recall two impacts chronic illness has on the family of the terminally ill patient

  • Identify and describe the four processes involved in fostering hope in the hospice environment

  • Determine appropriate Palliative Performance Scale scores


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