Team-based education in a palliative approach for rural nurses and unlicensed care providers
Potter, G., Pesut, B., Hooper, B. P., & Erbacker, L. (2015). The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. Volume 46 Issue 6, 297-288. doi: 10.3928/00220124-20150518-04
This article describes the preparation and delivery of an educational intervention designed to improve rural nurses and unlicensed care providers’ confidence in a palliative approach to care. A palliative approach takes the principles of supportive palliative care and adapts them for application earlier in nonspecialized palliative contexts for individuals living with life-limiting chronic illness. Curriculum in a palliative approach was constructed for nurses and unlicensed care providers (care aides and home health workers) and was delivered through a workshop and monthly follow-up sessions offered through distance technology. Participants valued the joint interactive education and came away with greater appreciation for one another’s contributions to care. Insights were gained into common challenges when attempting to apply a palliative approach in rural areas. Important lessons were learned about educating nurses and unlicensed care providers together, about the use of technology for this group, and about teaching the concept of a palliative approach.
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