Caring for Pediatric Hospice Patients
Contact Hours Awarded: 2
Author: Marybeth Anderson Keppler
MSN, RN, OCN
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.
- Introduction and Justification
- Palliative Care and Adult vs. Pediatric Hospice
- Cancer in Childhood
- Caring for a Pediatric Hospice Patient: A Case Study
- Who is Involved in Palliative and Hospice Care?
- Case Study cont.
- Factors of Childhood Hospice
- The Non-Hospice Nurse’s Role
- Comfort Measures and In-depth Support for the Pediatric Hospice Population
- Community Resources and Support for Pediatric Palliative/Hospice Care Patients
- An Insider’s Perspective
Nursing CE Central 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.
After completing this course, the learner will be able to:
- Explain the differences between palliative care and hospice.
- Identify the most common childhood cancers.
- List other chronic and potentially terminal conditions that affect the pediatric population.
- List some needs of the pediatric hospice population and their caregivers.
- Identify resources for pediatric hospice patients and family members.
- Registered Nurses (RN)
- Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
- Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)
Requirement for Completion
- Enrollment in the course by the learner
- Read and learn all course materials
- Complete the course evaluation
- 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)
Conflict of Interest Statement
Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts or any contributors have a commercial interest nor were influenced by commercial interests in the creation of this course, financially or otherwise.
Course Expires on: August 10, 2024
Course Offering: #119