A Palliative Approach to Care

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Updated 26 Jun 2024 Certificate ANCC Accredited

Palliative care is an essential practice area that inevitably has a significant impact on patients, their families and healthcare professionals. Approaching palliative care requires high levels of sensitivity, compassion and understanding, which can be particularly challenging for new healthcare professionals, or those who do not specialise in this field to navigate.

This Ausmed Course provides learners with an in-depth exploration of best practices for generalist palliative care and will instil them with the confidence to deliver informed, person and family-centred care in this context.

Content

8 Video Units • 16 Questions
Pre-reflection
1 Question
Introduction
5m
Pretest
3 Questions
The Principles of Palliative Care
2 Questions
7m
Providing Interdisciplinary Care
3 Questions
11m
Implementing Comprehensive Care Plans
2 Questions
6m
Holistic Assessment and Care
1 Question
7m
Communicating with Compassion
1 Question
8m
Supporting Caregivers
2 Questions
5m
Conclusion
3m
Post-reflection
1 Question

What you'll learn:

1

Apply an understanding of the fundamental goals of palliative care to facilitate the delivery of comprehensive care.

2

Differentiate between the required core competencies of nurses in providing generalist palliative care in comparison to the responsibilities of other roles within the interdisciplinary care team.

3

Demonstrate proficiency in implementing individualised care plans that prioritise patient values and preferences.

4

Evaluate how the implementation of holistic patient assessment considerate of cultural, social and spiritual contexts impacts the overall quality of the palliative care experience for the patient.

5

Utilise effective communication techniques when engaging in sensitive discussions with patients, their families and carers, in order to promote empathy and understanding.

6

Examine the unique needs of caregivers and the challenges throughout the experience of caring for a patient with a life-limiting condition.

Who it's for:

Nurses and other healthcare professionals providing generalist palliative care to individuals living with a life-limiting condition.

Why it's needed:

With an ever-growing and ageing population, Australia’s demand for palliative care is expected to increase by 50% between now and 2035, and double by 2050. There is a burgeoning need for palliative care education due to the expected increase in chronic and life-limiting illnesses.

Nurses play a pivotal role in the provision of generalist palliative care, however, without specialist training in this area they can lack confidence delivering informed, person-centred and family-centred care.

Closing this knowledge gap is crucial for improving patient outcomes, addressing complex needs, ensuring care continuity, promoting ethical decision-making, reducing disparities, supporting caregivers and enhancing professional development and wellbeing.

By equipping healthcare professionals with comprehensive education about the core competencies for providing generalist palliative care they will be empowered to provide improved symptom management, holistic support, and family and patient-centred care, resulting in optimised quality of life for patients and their families.

Purpose

To equip registered nurses with a core understanding of the competencies required for the provision of generalist palliative care and an increased understanding of the palliative approach to care, in order to provide the necessary education and support to patients, their families and carers.

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Last updated26 Jun 2024

Published24 Jun 2024

Due for review29 Jun 2026
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