Managing End-Of-Life Symptoms
Nurses will learn to establish criteria for end-of-life care, learn ways to manage symptoms of those nearing death, and learn how to support patients and their loved ones in this transition.
Nurses frequently care for patients at the end of life. One of the challenges is managing end-of-life (EOL) symptoms such as dyspnea and pain. For patients nearing death, relieving distressing symptoms is perhaps the most valuable contribution you can make. The goal of this course is to provide nurses with the information they need to better manage end-of-life symptoms. Nurses will learn to establish criteria for end-of-life care, learn ways to manage symptoms of those nearing death, and learn how to support patients and their loved ones in this transition.
Key Learning Outcomes
- Identify indications for palliative care.
- Discuss management of end-of-life symptoms such as pain, delirium, dyspnea and nutritional problems.
- Describe how to educate and support end-of-life patients and families.
Yvonne D’Arcy, MS, CRNP, CNS
D’Arcy has been a pain management specialist for 16 years whose practice centers on prescribing pain medication safely and educating nurses on how to use the medications for the best outcomes — in a safe manner. D’Arcy published seven books on pain management with one on safe prescribing for nurse practitioners. She has written 100 articles on pain management and related issues. D’Arcy is nationally recognized as a pain management expert and is often consulted for pain management issues.