This learning pathway provides comprehensive online education in nursing practices to improve quality of life for patients living with serious illness. Nurses can use Serious Illness Designation to demonstrate expertise in working with this patient population.

Assess the Needs and Concerns of Patients

An In-Depth Look At Palliative Care And Its Services

Defining palliative care, which patients need it, how it is delivered, and how palliative care differs from hospice.

Revised Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS-r)

Assesses for nine symptoms experienced by patients with serious illness and quantifies their severity. Alberta Health Services.

PHQ-4 Validated Screening Tool for Anxiety and Depression

Brief (4-question) screening tool for anxiety and depression.

Social Needs Screen
New

Assessment tool and resource list to address social risk factors.

FICA Spiritual Assessment Tool
New

Short conversation guide to elicit information about a patient's spiritual history and preferences.

CAPC Palliative Care Referral Criteria

Checklist of triggers for referral to a specialty palliative care team.

Strengthen the Clinician-Patient Relationship and Understand Care Goals

Advance Care Planning Conversations

How to initiate and conduct conversations about advance care planning.

The Role of the RN in Advance Care Planning
New

Online CE course from Respecting Choices that assists Registered Nurses in learning the many ways to help patients with advance care planning (ACP). Note: this course requires purchase either by an individual nurse or by an employer.

Responding to Emotion: Vital Talk Quick Guide for Conversations
New

Conversation framework and key phrases to share empathy and deepen your relationship with your patient. Vital Talk, 2019.

Clarifying Goals of Care

Strategies for eliciting patient goals and preferences to inform treatment decisions.

Delivering Serious News

Communicating serious clinical news to patients and families.

Unconscious Bias: What It Is, How It Impacts Health Care, and What You Can Do About It
New

Definitions, statistics, and strategies to address unconscious bias in health care.

Talking with Patients About Hospice
New

This resource lists step-wise tips to foster comfortable, productive dialogue for ‘the hospice conversation’.

Manage Pain and Symptoms

Course 3: Patient Factors that Influence Prescribing Decisions

Patient and family factors that influence prescribing decisions for patients with serious illness.

Course 8: Monitoring for Opioid Efficacy, Side Effects, and Substance Use Disorder

Ongoing evaluation of opioid benefits, risks, and side effects for the patient with serious illness.

Dyspnea

Reducing physical and emotional suffering from dyspnea for patients with serious illness.

Nausea and Vomiting

Identifying and managing nausea and vomiting for patients living with serious illness and their caregivers.

Constipation

Assessing and managing constipation in people with serious illness.

Anxiety

Prevalence, screening recommendations, and evidence-based strategies to treat anxiety in patients with serious illness.

Depression

Prevalence, screening recommendations, and evidence-based strategies to treat depression in patients with serious illness.

Cognitive Assessment Tools

Recommended validated cognitive assessment tools.

Prevent Crises and Help Patients Plan Ahead

Supporting Patients with Serious Illness to Plan Ahead
New

Considerations for clinicians, patients, and families upon diagnosis, including advance care planning, personal care needs, legal and financial planning, work and retirement planning, and prevention of common medical risks.

Reducing Risks for Older Adults

This course provides context and best practices for identifying older adults at risk for poor outcomes, including falls, delirium, and caregiving challenges.

FindHelp.org
New

National database of community services - enter a zip code and locate assistance with food, housing, health services, care needs, and other resources.

Psychosocial Assessment for Patients with Serious Illness
New

Assessment questions to help nurses understand the impact of serious illness on a patient's relationships, social and spiritual supports, financial stability, and trust in the health care system. Fast Facts, April 2020

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