Palliative Care Academy goals and objectives
Overall program goals
- Improve patient and family care by building generalist palliative care knowledge/skills among physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
- Increase the level of awareness and interest in Palliative care through an opportunity for extended mentoring in the principles of Palliative care, tailored to the needs of the participant.
- Establish an effective, sustainable and replicable Palliative care education program.
- Participants will reflect on their personal and professional experiences and values related to care of patients with advanced, progressing illness or who are dying.
- Participants will review national standards of professional practice in care of patients with advanced, progressing illness or who are dying.
- Patient care/Medical Knowledge
- Whole person palliative care assessment and care will be taught, incorporating the emotional, social, spiritual, physical, functional and psychological, aspects of the patient’s story.
- Participants will review normal disease trajectories and approaches to prognostication.
- Participants will be provided clinical tools for managing pain, delirium, dyspnea, constipation, nausea, vomiting, depression and normal grief in patients with advanced progressing illness or who are dying.
- Faculty will coach participants in how to safely and legally manage acute and chronic pain, in the seriously ill patient, through pharmacologically appropriate opioid dosing and titration while complying with the Washington State Pain rules.
- Participants will review legal and ethical issues related to care of patients with advanced, progressing illness or who are dying.
- Participants will learn how to optimize care for patients and families during the patients’ last hours of living.
- Interpersonal and Communication Skills
- Participants will be provided tools to enhance their communication skills when leading a family conference to discuss goals of care, giving bad news, discussing artificial nutrition/hydration, prognosticating, changing from curative to comfort care and when suggesting hospice or palliative care.
- Practice Based Learning and Improvement
- Participants will reflect on their own strengths and identify opportunities for growth in knowledge and skill in the care of patients with advanced, progressing illness or who are dying.
- Participants will develop a personal improvement plan for life-long learning.
- Systems Based Practice
- Participants will learn the breadth of community organizations and resources to optimize care transitions for patients with advanced, progressing illness.
- Participants will describe the Medicare Hospice Benefit, eligibility requirements, covered services and reimbursement mechanism.
- Participants will describe appropriate Medicare billing procedures.
For more information please contact Tammy Bhang, ARNP at 253-312-5880.