Fundamentals of Palliative Care

Program Date

May 18, 2018   8:00 am – 12:30 pm     Download PDF Document

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Program Location:

Acute Care Education
7200 NE 41st Street, Suite 206
Vancouver, WA 98662

Program Description
Palliative care does not mean that we do nothing. It requires a paradigm shift in thinking to allow clients to die with dignity. The concepts may be difficult for nurses to deal with in such delicate situations. Through case studies, exercises and role play scenarios, this course will examine the principles of palliative care. Come explore how nurses can make a difference in the dying clients last days and the lives of those they leave behind.

Who Should Attend?   Registered Nurses, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and any other medical professional interested in learning more about palliative care.

Desired Learning Outcome:   The learner will obtain the skills to be a caring and effective palliative nurse.

By the end of this class the learner will:

  • Describe the principles of palliative care and the nursing role on the palliative care team.
  • Discuss communication techniques for end of life discussions with patients and families.
  • Explain the nursing role in pain assessment and management for patients with life limiting illness.
  • Describe the nursing role in symptom assessment and management as part of the healthcare team.
  • Evaluate personal expressions of grief in order to increase self-awareness.
  • Evaluate the nursing role in the support of grieving patients.
  • Identify physiologic and spiritual components of quality palliative care


Program Agenda

7:30 am – 8:00 am         Registration
8:00 am – 8:30 am         Introduction to Palliative Care: Where have we been and where are we going?
8:30 am – 9:15 am         Communication: How do we pick up the pieces after the bad news is delivered?
9:15 am – 9:30 am         Break
9:30 am – 10:00 am       Pain Assessment and Management: The Nurses Role
10:00 am – 10:45 am     Symptom Assessment and Management: It Takes a Team!
10:45 am – 11:00 am     Break
11:00 am – 11:45 am     Exploring Loss and Grief: What the heck does bereavement mean anyway?
11:45 am – 12:15 pm     The Final Hours: Caring for the Patient and Their Family
12:15 pm – 12:30 pm    Q & A / Online Evaluations


Briana Rotter, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

Briana Rotter, DNP, APRN, FNP-CBriana Rotter completed her BSN from University of Portland (UP) and is now an Assistant Professor at UP. She completed an MSN program from the University of South Alabama with a focus in primary and palliative care. She has worked as a nurse practitioner at Housecall Providers and functioned as a primary care provider for homebound patients. Briana completed her doctorate in nursing practice with a certificate in nursing education at the University of South Alabama.

In addition to teaching, Briana works part time for Housecall Providers performing intake exams, discussing end-of-life healthcare wishes and providing advanced care planning for homebound patients and their loved ones. She has a passion for increasing nursing awareness and knowledge of palliative care. When she isn’t visiting patients or teaching, she can be found running, teaching a senior fitness class at the local gym, or vacationing to tropical places.



This educational activity will provide 4 contact hours (including 0.0 pharmacology hours) to learners who complete the Criteria of Successful Completion.

Acute Care Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Washington State Nurses Association Continuing Nursing Education Approver (A-CNE), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Registration includes: Attendance at program, downloadable program handouts, ECG exercises, all day coffee, tea, water, continental breakfast and snacks. Wi-fi is available in the conference center.

Criteria for Successful Completion

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