2017 Poster Sessions

Advanced Palliative Care Skills Course

Communication is a skill that can be practiced and empathy is a muscle that can be strengthened. At Mayo Clinic Health System - Northwest Wisconsin, we designed a day-long course ...

Clinician awareness of religious teachings and end of life

BACKGROUND: Religion and spiritual values impact patients’ goals and perception of illness, especially at the end-of-life. According to the Joint Commission, addressing spiritual needs is a primary palliative care skill ...

Enhancing Palliative Care Integration in the ICU

Introduction: Successful integration of palliative care (PC) in the ICU has been shown to improve the experience of patients and their families, shorten ICU length of stay (LOS), and reduce ...

Growing a Hospital-Based Palliative Medicine Program

The Northside Hospital System is comprised of three community hospitals. The initial need for Palliative Medicine (PM) services originated to serve the growing oncology population in the year of 2013. ...

Identifying and Growing to meet our patient's needs

Creating patient identification and assessment tools for palliative care needs is a challenge and the rewards for an effective program can be realized by all stakeholders – namely the organization, ...

Improving Bedside Palliative Care Through Simulation

Previous research has demonstrated that nurses face numerous challenges in providing high quality palliative and end-of-life care. Specifically, nearly half of all nurses report that they do not feel competent ...

KSA of Cannabis in Hospice: An Educational Intervention

Currently, 28 states and the District of Columbia have legalized or decriminalized cannabis (marijuana) for medical use. While medical cannabis (MC) remains illegal from a federal perspective, providers who practice ...

Mercy Doula Training for Medical Students

Background: The word doula comes from the Greek for “a woman who serves”. While doulas for birth have been in practice for years, there is an emerging member of palliative ...

Moving Hospice/Palliative Education Online

With a new 9 bed hospice residence at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango, Colorado scheduled to open October 30th, 2017, education for staff became a high priority. With our ...

Nurses Knowledge and Perception of Palliative Care: In ICU

The significant increase in global population, coupled with improved life expectancy means that the number of people in need of palliative will continue to grow steadily. However, most nurses are ...

Preparing Palliative Care Community Specialists

Introduction/Background:Palliative Care (PC) services are expanding in community settings to better serve people where they live throughout the trajectory of serious illness. Finding qualified, educated Palliative Care (PC) healthcare providers ...

Providing Consistency in Palliative Care Education

How much valuable time do Palliative Care Teams spend dispelling misconceptions and clarifying misperceptions to accurately reveal what Palliative Services provide? When a patient has a life-altering illness, discussions related ...

Staff Education and Home Health Palliative Care Program

Misperceptions and poor interpretation of directives led the staff of this palliative care program down a path of misguided and misaligned functionality. Established as a hospice-focused palliative care program (minus ...

Technologies Enable Nursing Education in Pain Management

The purpose of this project was to provide and evaluate pain management education assigned to inpatient Registered Professional Nurses (RPNs), using an existing electronic Learning Management System (LMS), in a ...

Too early to feed the pipeline? College PC volunteers

Objectives:The purposes of this project are to describe: 1) the effects of hospital-based palliative care volunteering (HPCV) on college student volunteers’ personal and professional life choices; and 2) whether collegiate ...

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