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An interdisciplinary continuing education course on palliative care offered

 St. Catherine University will hold “Building palliative care expertise through interdisciplinary models and best practices” beginning March 27.  The course offers four continuing education units.

The course is a collaboration of a cross-section of St. Catherine faculty and advisers and included representatives from the University's nursing, social work and theology departments. 

The 40-hour continuing education program is designed to address a current unmet need in the palliative care community. Learning objectives of the program are in alignment with national standards for hospice and quality palliative care.

The program offers an intensive, “beyond-the-basics” course tailored to the needs of experienced providers to develop competencies beyond introductory concepts.  Utilizing both online and face-to-face learning formats, this program will offer a variety of active and experiential learning opportunities.

Students will develop deeper understanding of the needs of patients and families utilizing an interprofessional mode, including application of current evidence-based practice guidelines and trends in the support of patients with life-limiting illness, their families and professional caregivers.

Who should attend

The course is open to practitioners in all disciplines including registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, social workers, spiritual health providers and other members of interprofessional palliative and hospice care teams.

Additional program information

Four sessions meet on the St. Paul campus of St. Catherine University and the course also includes an online component.

Cost of the program is $2,500 which includes all materials and meals. A limited amount of financial assistance is available.  A group discount for two or more individuals from the same organization is also available. Application deadline is February 15.

For more information about the program and financial aid, email the St. Catherine University Leadership Institute and Continuing Education office or call 651-690-6819.

March 6, 2014 by Julie Michener

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