This course equips nurses with beginner-level knowledge of palliative and end-of-life care in a variety of healthcare contexts for real-world application. The primary treatment goal for patients with little or no prospect of recovery is to uphold their dignity, communicate with empathy, and optimise their quality of life. Participants will acquire advanced knowledge of the assessment and management of physical and psychosocial symptoms to provide patients who have life-limiting illness and their families with holistic, patient-centred care and support. Developing this knowledge, along with highly advanced interpersonal skills, is essential for nurses caring for patients with a life-limiting illness. Participants will also examine the role and function of a palliative care nurse as part of a multidisciplinary team and as an autonomous practitioner.
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This course gives nurses the skills to care for adults who require palliative care in their place of choice as they progress through a life-limiting illness. Participants will be guided through principles and practical knowledge to optimise quality of life for patients with a life-limiting illness, focusing on sensitively upholding the dignity of the patient and communicating with empathy, honesty, and compassion.
A course outline, study guide and readings will be provided online via the QUT Blackboard site. There is no requirement to attend the university throughout the duration of the course. You will need reliable internet access to complete the course.
Who should participate?
This course is aimed at registered and clinical nurses, clinical nurse consultants, and nurse managers who care for adults with life-limiting illness in any healthcare sector. Learners are advised to have at least 3 months experience caring for people with life limiting conditions.