NHPCO Hospice Aides Webinar Series

This three part webinar series celebrates and honors the work of the *Hospice Aide, shares practical strategies for supporting the person, the family and the health care team, and will share examples of excellence of Hospice Aides across the country.

(*AKA Nursing Assistants, Medical Assistants, Patient Care Technicians etc.)

This series will be presented by Kath Murray, RN, BSN, CHPCN(C). Kath is a hospice palliative care nurse, a thanatologist, a great admirer of the work of the Hospice Aide and other front line caregivers, and an author of the text, “Essentials in Hospice and Palliative Care: A Resource for Nursing Assistants.”  She is an engaging speaker, and desires to create learning experiences that are delicious and digestible (in other words, user friendly and engaging).  Hospices/Palliative Units  that register for the webinar will receive a copy of the text.

This series will be appropriate for Nursing Assistants/Hospice Aides who work with  hospice programs, on palliative, acute or long term care units, and in home and community care.

“The Hospice Aide, the eyes, ears and hands of the health care team!”

November 1
The Changes in the Way People Die, Hospice Palliative Care, and Preparing to Care
In the first webinar, Kath briefly looks at the changes in the way people are dying, and discusses how hospice and palliative care programs are responding to best meet the needs of those living with serious illness, the dying and their families. She will then identify strategies that the Hospice Aide can use to prepare and to provide best care.

November 8

Principles of Hospice and Palliative care and comfort measures for people experiencing pain

In the second webinar of the series, Kath discusses the principles of palliative care, common symptoms, the importance of gathering information, recording and reporting to the health care team, and nonpharmacological strategies for improving physical comfort and supporting the family.

November 15

Principles of Hospice and Palliative Care, and Comfort Measures for People Experiencing Difficulty with Breathing, and Decreasing Appetite.

In the third webinar, Kath discusses difficult breathing and decreased appetite. Drawing on the principles of palliative care, she will discuss symptom management and ways to support for the person and the family.