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Core courses (2 course units):

Principles of Palliative Care

This course examines national and global perspectives and clinical issues in the delivery of palliative care with diverse populations in multiple health care settings. Students focus on the care of persons with life-threatening, progressive illness, emphasizing respect for patients’ and families’ beliefs, values, and choices. Students also explore psychosocial and spiritual dimensions of palliative care. Historical, sociocultural, economic, legal, and ethical trends in palliative care are discussed. Factors affecting health care systems and societal attitudes are considered in evaluating the delivery of care during advanced illness and at the end of life. Students engage in the critical analysis of literature, research, and observational experiences concerning biopsychosocial needs of patients and families. Students acquire competencies in patient/family assessment, communication, decision-making, and interdisciplinary collaboration in palliative care.This course satisfies the Society & Social Structures Sector for Nursing Class of 2012 and Beyond.

An Evidence-based Approach to Managing Symptoms in Advanced Illness

This course uses an evidence-based approach towards systematic assessment and management of common symptoms and symptom clusters accompanying progressive, life-limiting illnesses within a framework of nationally recognized standards and guidelines for palliative and end-of-life care. Students are prepared to apply principles of palliative management to diverse patient populations across clinical settings including acute, primary, long-term, and community care. Refer to course syllabus or email course faculty for respective requirements.

Elective courses (1 course units):

Loss, Grief and Bereavement

Loss, grief and bereavement are pervasive aspects of the human experience. The content of this course provides a basis both for personal development and professional growth. Through a series of seminars, key issues surrounding loss, death, dying, grief and bereavement will be examined.

Ethical Aspects of Health and Technology

Interdisciplinary approach to the study of the interface between ethics and law in the provision of health and illness care. This course draws upon the disciplines of philosophy, law, biomedical engineering and nursing in examining such concepts as the use/nonuse of biomedical technology, who and how one decides what shall be done for a given “patient,” and the “rights” and responsibilities (accountability) of all persons involved in health/illness care decisions. The interplay of ethical theory, personal value systems, law and technology will be stressed throughout. Lectures, seminars and case studies will be used.This course satisfies the Society & Social Structures Sector for Nursing Class of 2012 and Beyond.

Pain Science & Practice

This course prepares students with advanced knowledge of pain assessment, pharmacotherapy, nonpharmacological therapies and interventional techniques to address the increasing and complex needs of persons with acute and chronic pain. Safe and effective pain care is based on rational therapeutics grounded in the neurobiology of pain, pathophysiological mechanisms of pain, pain assessment practices, and principles underlying various treatment options. Students learn from nationally and internationally recognized pain experts who present the latest scientific discoveries and research related to the understanding of various pain acute and chronic pain states and pain therapies including multimodal analgesia. Through interactive, problem-based, and independent-guided learning, students apply research and evidence-based content to the care of patients in primary care, hospital, and other health care settings. Students acquire in-depth knowledge of a pain problem or issue of interest through a group assignment.

Current Issues In Health and Social Policy

Analysis of key contemporary issues in health and social policy that will provide students with a deeper understanding of the design and structure of the U.S. health care system, the policy initiatives that have shaped it, and the roles of the government, the private sector, and consumers and advocacy groups in setting the policy agenda. Seminars will examine the origins of each issue, the policies enacted and their effects, both intended and unintended, and will propose and debate the merits of alternative policy solutions. The role of health services and policy research in informing the policy debate and directions will be highlighted.

Home Health Care Concepts: Mgmt. & Delivery of Community-Based Care

This course examines the major aspects of home-based care across patients’ life spans from acute to long term care. New trends, advances, and issues in home management of complex conditions, innovative delivery systems and legal, ethical and policy consideration will be explored.

Advanced Practice Issues for Palliative Care Nurses

This course provides an in-depth examination of 1) key practice, policy, and ethical issues affecting the delivery of palliative care and 2) the responsibilities of advanced practice nurses (APRN) providing care to patients with progressive, life-limiting illness and their families. Learning experiences will focus on conducting patient/family conferences; examining selected ethical issues in palliative care; analyzing organizational, economic and health policy issues that affect the delivery of hospice and palliative care; exploring current and emerging models of palliative care delivery; and creating approaches to enhancing continuity of palliative care across settings. Students will choose assignments to meet their professional goals.