Palliative Care: A Different Approach (NL0611)

Author(s): Newsletter

Pre-Approved for: ABVE, ACM, CA BRN, CCM, CDMS, CLCP, CRC, CRRN, CVRP, Delaware BON, Florida BON, RNs, RRP

Credit Hours: 8

Course Format

This course is online. All course material is available online and is accessible immediately after purchase from your account homepage.

Course Overview


The following ARTICLES are included in this course.

Article #1: The Development, Status, and Future of Palliative Care
Included with permission from

This article begins by exploring why the care of seriously ill patients has become such an important issue in the United States, and why the current health care system (or lack of a system) is unable to cope with it.

It then looks at

  • past efforts to provide care for dying people,
  • the way that treatment of pain has evolved, and
  • the growth of hospice care.

This is followed by an analysis of

  • legal, social, and political concerns and
  • the research that has highlighted the problems and offered potential solutions
    (many of which have been tested and launched by private philanthropy).

Finally, it reports on the state of palliative care in America and offers some thoughts on its future.

Article #2:
The Case for Hospital-base Palliative Care -- Improving Quality, Reducing Cost
Included with permission from The Center for Advance Palliative Care

Article Outline

  • Introduction: Time, Expertise, Support, and Coordination
  • Palliative Care vs Hospice and “End-of-Life” Care
  • A New Paradigm for Managing Serious and Chronic Illness
  • Hallmarks of a New, Vital Trend: Expert Symptom Management, Communication and Coordination
  • Building the Hospital of the Future
  • Palliative Care Programs Maximize Hospital Efficiency and Lower Costs
  • Improving Clinical Outcomes
  • Providing quality Care that Patients Want
  • Interview with Diane E. Meier M.D., Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care 

Course Objectives

  1. Describe why the care of seriously ill patients has become such an important issue in the United States

  2. Identify the 10 pillars of palliative care.

  3. Explain how Palliative Care programs maximize hospital efficiency and lower costs.

Customer Testimonial

Really enjoyed this information. As a Patient Navigator for our Cancer center, I found this information very informative and useful when talking with my patients. Pain control is so vital to healing and processes of chemotherapy, along with the emotional roller coaster patients face- Palliative Care is a much needed aspect of their plan of care, which I plan on encouraging my patients to use. I think the negative stigma that our population has is that it is associated with hospice and if they are not understanding the true value of palliative care, they will miss out on a lot. Thank you again.
Lori K.