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Palliative Care in the ICU

Author(s): Bryan Boling

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Nov 15, 2026

Topics: Palliative/End-of-life Care

Population: Adult

Role: APRN

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Whether it is a patient with an acute illness or a complex chronically ill patient at the end of their life, the ICU nurse practitioner is ideally suited to provide palliative care even if we cannot provide a cure. Many aspects of palliative care are uncomfortable and unfamiliar to those of us in critical care, however. It is essential we have the tools to effectively communicate difficult news, help patients and families make difficult decisions and manage symptoms at the end of life.


  • Describe correlating end-of-life patterns in chronic and critically ill patients based of disease state and symptoms.
  • Employ communication skills for managing a family meeting, delivering difficult news and discussing end-of-life care options.
  • Apply pharmacologic methods for providing comfort and managing symptoms to patients at the end of life.

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Successful Completion

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


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

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