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End of Life Care for Geriatric Patients

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Course Overview

End of Life Care for Geriatric Patients
Morgan Curry

Author: Mary Sweeney

End-of-life care is one of the most important roles of the nurse. There is no time more vulnerable nor critical for patients and families. As Americans age at a rapid pace, end-of-life care has become and will remain a major role of any nurse working within the hospital setting, and has even been integrated into many palliative care settings. This course is specific to geriatric patients but can be applied to patients of any age in any setting, as many of the principles remain the same.

Course Outline

  1. What is End of Life Care?
  2. End of Life vs. Palliative Care
  3. Types of End of Life Care
  4. The Role of the Nurse in End of Life Planning
  5. References

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 some of the major considerations all nurses should be aware of when providing end-of-life care. The average learner will take 60 minutes to complete this course.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify the role of the nurse in planning for end-of-life in geriatric patients.
  2. Distinguish between and describe the types of end of life care.
  3. Explain the core principles of end-of-life care.
  4. Understand how to support patients and families through end of life care.


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: January 24, 2020

Course Renewed on: January 31, 2023

Course Expires on: January 31, 2026

Course Offering: #22