ABOUT THIS COURSE:
Communication is relevant across all aspects of palliative care: how we communicate with our patients about their symptoms, grief, cultural and spiritual needs, and more. Effective training in communication is grounded in demonstration, with skills-based learning for applications to ones own role. This course presents 10 video vignettes, each focusing on a pivotal point in the course of palliative care. This innovative ELNEC Communication Series complements and intersects with all of ELNECs previous curricula. Vignette #1: Goals of Care - A nurse listens to a patient who needs clarification about her disease and prognosis, so she can make future plans. Vignette #2: Speaking with a Resistant Physician About Pediatric Palliative Care - The nurse speaks to a pediatrician who is resistant to consider palliative care for a sick child she is caring for. Vignette #3: Pediatric Conversation Regarding Goals of Care - Oncologist shares with the mother of a seriously ill child her grave concerns about the child surviving. Vignette #4: Bad News - A patient has just received bad news and the nurse is now following up with the patient. Vignette #5: Cultural Assessment - A cultural assessment is vital in providing the best care possible for a patient. This vignette provides the keys in doing a cultural assessment. Vignette 6: Loss, Grief, Bereavement - The palliative care nurse visits with a woman whose husband died 6 months ago. They discuss two common questions that many families ask after the death of a loved one. Vignette #7: Symptom Assessment - Many believe a thorough symptom assessment can take extensive time. This short vignette shows a brief assessment of numerous symptoms of a seriously ill patient. Vignette #8: Spiritual Assessment - While many patients may grieve over physical losses, many also suffer from spiritual and existential angst. This vignette provides the keys to doing a spiritual assessment. Vignette #9: Speaking with a Physician who Refuses Palliative Care for Her Very Sick Patient - This common occurrence provides guidance in speaking directly to a physician who is resistant to palliative care, keeping the patient in focus throughout the entire conversation. Vignette #10: Pain Assessment - This short vignette shows the skills needed to provide an excellent pain assessment and then thought processes of management.