Two Webinars on Common Distressful Symptoms at the End of Life
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
by: VNAA Education and Quality Team

Section: Quality and Educational Programming

The skill of nurses in assessing, identifying and proactively managing patients' symptoms at the end of life (EOL) is critical in assuring a comfortable pain free death. The management of patients and support of caregivers is important as patients confront these many Common Distress Symptoms at the EOL. Join Carol Long, PhD, RN, FPCN, an international expert in Hospice and Palliative care, as she describes the assessment and treatment of these symptoms based on research and evidence-based practices. VNAA is offering two webinars on common distressful symptoms with a review of comprehensive symptom distress inventories, symptom clusters and a specific review of the following symptoms and problems: Anxiety, Bowel Management, Death Rattle, Delirium, Depression, Fatigue, Hemorrhage, Nausea/Vomiting, and Wounds.

In these two webinars, Dr. Long will provide nurses with latest knowledge, assessment tools, and updated information about common end of life symptoms in older adults. After completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the current state of symptom management in end of life care

a. Identify problem of distressing symptoms at end of life

b. Explain National Consensus Guidelines and standards and application to symptom management

c. Review need to discuss goals of care and interdisciplinary teamwork

  1. Identify evidence-based assessment methods and tools for common symptoms at end of life

a. List and explain specific assessment protocols, key points and tools for each symptom

  1. Describe interventions to minimize distressing symptoms and promote comfort at end of life

a. Prevention

b. Nonpharmacologic

c. Pharmacologic

d. Identify appropriate clinical outcomes for each symptom

*Note: This content will be presented over two separate webinars- you must sign up for each individually.

Register for the July 23 webinar

Register for the July 30 webinar.

These activities have been submitted to the Maryland Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Maryland Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

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