NTI

Caring for Pediatric Patients’ Families at the End of Life: Nurses Can Make a Difference

Facilitator(s): Melissa R Reynolds, MSN,RN,NE-BC,CCRN-K

Contact Hours 1.00
CERP B 1.00
Orlando Conference
Date Tuesday 5/21/2019
Time 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET

Venue OCCC

Room W203A
Repeated Session
Available On Demand
From Friday 5/31/2019
To Friday 5/31/2019

Session Summary

Nurses may experience anxiety and feel ill-prepared to provide physical, psychosocial, spiritual and culturally sensitive care for families at the end of their child’s life. A case study illustrates the challenges nurses face in caring for families who hold onto hope despite the grave prognosis and experience this life-altering event. This session explores the current evidence related to the benefits of early introduction of palliative care, the role of parental hope and families’ expressed needs and perceptions of what they found helpful during and after their child’s death. Practical strategies are presented for effectively communicating with and addressing the families’ hopes and needs as well as incorporating palliative care principles throughout the end-of-life experience. Finally, a bereavement program designed to facilitate lasting communication with grieving families is explored. Participants leave with practical approaches to implement a similar program at their institution.

Objectives

  • Identify the hallmarks of effective communication with families and describe common phrases to avoid in end-of-life conversations.
  • Analyze practical approaches for addressing hope and providing compassionate care that respect families’ wishes and attend to their needs.
  • Employ strategies designed to facilitate lasting communication with families following their child’s death.
Topics Palliative/End-of-life Care, Family-Centered Care
Level All Levels
Population Pediatric
Role Manager, Educator, Staff

Facilitator(s)

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.

Disclosure

This activity has been reviewed by the Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias. No conflicts of interest have been identified for any individual with the ability to influence the content of this activity. Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN or ANCC approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.

Accreditation

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation, ANCC Provider Number 0012. AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing (CBRN), California Provider number CEP 1036. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

AACN programming meets the standards for most states that require mandatory continuing education contact hours for license and/or certification renewal. AACN recommends consulting with your state board of nursing or credentialing organization before submitting CE to fulfill continuing education requirements.