Nursing: Loss, Grief, and Bereavement, 4th Edition

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About the Course

This course provides essential information that nurses can use to help individuals, families, and communities cope with loss, grief, and bereavement or reflect on issues and practices related to death. The course presents the the role of palliative and hospice care in providing the highest quality end-of-life care and content on advance care planning helps nurses become better communicators with patients and fosters a better understanding of ethical issues surrounding end-of-life care. Religious beliefs, grief reactions to loss, suicide care, and communities responding to homicide or other traumatic death is covered.  The course also examines the mourning process, including grief in children and adolescents, the experiences of those suffering from compassion fatigue or vicarious trauma, and bereavement policies to manage grief in the workplace.  

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Explain common concerns related to death and a positive way of thinking about thanatology or the study of death.
  • Identify the components and functions of the American death system.
  • Describe the purpose and approaches of palliative and hospice care in delivering high quality care at the end-of-life and the significance of advance care planning.
  • Discuss the importance of respect for patients’ religious beliefs, rituals, and practices at the end of life and immediately after death.
  • Describe factors that influence the way patients grieve after experiencing a loss.
  • Discuss the magnitude of suicide as a public health concern and the related implications for nurses and other clinicians.
  • Describe challenging issues affecting survivors of homicide victims (co-victims).
  • Explain how bereaved individuals, including children and adolescents, cope with mourning, loss, and grief.
  • Describe effective communication techniques tailored to the needs of the bereaved, including individuals and groups.
  • Recognize resilient self-care strategies to help prevent and cope with compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma from working with dying individuals and their families.
  • Identify a framework for interprofessional education and training on community bereavement after violent death and mass trauma.
  • Recognize ways in which employers can protect the well-being of their employees who experience loss.

About the Author:
Barbara Rubel, BS, MA, BCETS, DAAETS

Barbara Rubel, BS, MA, BCETS, DAAETS, is a nationally recognized keynote speaker and trainer on compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. Her keynotes motivate nurses and other clinicians to build resilience. Ms. Rubel is the author of the book But I Didn’t Say Goodbye. She is a contributing writer in Thin Threads: Grief and Renewal, Open to Hope’s Fresh Grief, Coaching for Results: Expert Advice From 25 Top International Coaches, and Keys to a Good Life: Wisdom to Unlock Your Power Within. She was featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary Fatal Mistakes: Families Shattered by Suicide, narrated by Mariette Hartley. Ms. Rubel’s background includes working as a hospice bereavement coordinator and serving as an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College, where she taught undergraduate and master’s courses in death, life, and health, children and death, health crisis intervention, and health counseling. Ms. Rubel is currently a consultant with the Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime and co-wrote its training curriculum, Compassion Fatigue/Vicarious Trauma. Ms. Rubel received a BS in Psychology and MA in Community Health, with a concentration in thanatology, from Brooklyn College. Ms. Rubel is a board-certified expert in traumatic stress and diplomate with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. 

Disclaimer: This course is presented by Elite Professional Education LLC.

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