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Caring for Pediatric Hospice Patients

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Course Overview

Caring for Pediatric Hospice Patients

Author: Marybeth Anderson Keppler

Caring for patients with a terminal illness can often be challenging, but those difficulties are multiplied when it is a pediatric patient. Nurses often find that they also have informal patients, in addition to the child: parents, family, caregivers, community members, and so forth. On top of this, when the child qualifies for hospice care, this can make matters even more daunting for all parties involved. This course is designed to walk nurses through the basics of life-threatening childhood illnesses, information about hospice and palliative care, and what resources are available for those working with the pediatric hospice population. 

Course Outline

  1. Introduction and Justification 
  2. Palliative Care and Adult vs. Pediatric Hospice 
  3. Cancer in Childhood 
  4. Caring for a Pediatric Hospice Patient: A Case Study 
  5. Who is Involved in Palliative and Hospice Care?  
  6. Case Study cont. 
  7. Factors of Childhood Hospice 
  8. The Non-Hospice Nurse’s Role 
  9. Comfort Measures and In-depth Support for the Pediatric Hospice Population 
  10. Community Resources and Support for Pediatric Palliative/Hospice Care Patients  
  11. An Insider’s Perspective 
  12. Conclusion 

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss pediatric hospice patients and their care. It will take the average learner 120 minutes to complete.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, the learner will rate 4 out of 5 on the Likert Scale for their ability to:

  1. Explain the differences between palliative care and hospice. 
  2. Identify the most common childhood cancers. 
  3. List other chronic and potentially terminal conditions that affect the pediatric population. 
  4. List some needs of the pediatric hospice population and their caregivers. 
  5. Identify resources for pediatric hospice patients and family members. 

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts, or any contributors have any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

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Course created on: August 10, 2021

Course Expires on: August 10, 2024

Course Offering: #119