Current Status
Not Enrolled
Get Started


End-of-Life Process

Contact Hours Awarded: 1

Start Course

Course Overview

End-of-Life Process

Author: Madeira Fountaine

Oftentimes, caregivers have little to no experience in caring for a dying person and can easily find themselves feeling overwhelmed, confused, and burned out. Understanding what to expect during the final weeks of life is imperative in order to cope with the changes as they occur. Dying is a process that can vary from person to person. Although patients progress through the end-of-life process differently, there is usually a recognizable pattern of decline that occurs. In order to provide the best possible care and prepare both the hospice patient and their family members, it is important for the nurse and caregiver to be able to distinguish the phases of the end-of-life process: transitioning, actively dying, and final moments. 

Course Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. Transitioning 
  3. Active Dying 
  4. Final Moments 
  5. 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 the phases of the end-of-life process. It will take the average learner 60 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. Identify the phases of dying.
  2. Distinguish between transitioning and active dying.
  3. Be able to identify expected decline during each phase.

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.

Start Course

Course created on: May 13, 2021

Course Expires on: MAY 13, 2024

Course Offering: #63