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End-of-Life Process

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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 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 Objectives

After completing this course, the learner will be able 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)

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.

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Course created on: May 13, 2021

Course Expires on: MAY 13, 2024

Course Offering: #63