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Hospice and Palliative Care

End-of-Life Decision Making: One Conversation Can Make all the Difference
Although we value individual end-of-life care decisions, the conversations can be challenging.  According to a 2013 nationwide survey by The Conversation Project, 90% of Americans know they should have a conversation, but fewer than 30% have actually done so.  We have compiled a number of valuable resources below to help you navigate how to get started and continued these conversations with your loved ones. 

We are pleased to offer a sneak peek from the upcoming documentary, Hope [working title] produced by the same team that brought you The American Nurse. The documentary will tell the story of patients dealing with life-threatening illness and the healthcare professionals who help them navigate the complicated decisions they face. The intention of the film is to encourage everyone to talk to their loved ones about their wishes and make decisions about what matters most to them.

Clip 1:

Gretchen for ANF Webinar from Dying in America on Vimeo.

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Mr. and Mrs. Cohen from Dying in America on Vimeo.

We want to learn more about how you feel about having end-of-life conversations with your loved ones.  Please take a few minutes to complete this survey.

Nurses Leading Hospice & Palliative Care
In January 2016, ANA and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association convened a Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing Professional Issues Panel.  The panel examined the current state of palliative care and identified steps and strategies for nurses to lead and transform palliative care.  As health care continues to change, the role of patient and family-centered palliative care continues to attract more attention. Nurses have an ethical duty to promote advance care planning conversations and provide care that is consistent with palliative care practice standards. Given their focus on providing patient and family centered health care, nurses are often the first to recognize the need for palliative care and advocate for palliative care services.  In the coming months the Professional Issues Panel will release their findings on further integrating palliative and hospice care into the U.S. healthcare delivery system and the role nurses can and should assume going forward.

Webinar

Nurses as Role Models for End-of-Life Decision Making: How Can We Set a Good Example for our Patients?
Presenter: Gretchen Brauer-Rieke, RN, MSN

This month Gretchen Brauer-Rieke, RN, MSN, an Advanced Care Planning Facilitator, will present a webinar on "Nurses as Role Models for End-of-Life Decision Making: How Can We Set a Good Example for our Patients?"  The presentation will focus on both effective end-of-life planning through discernment, discussion, and documentation, as well as how nurses can use what they learn and practice in their personal lives to serve as role models in their professional lives. 

The free session is available here.

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