Clinical Education

A portion of the Lakeside Hospice goal is to provide education both to our staff and to the public. We offer 1 hour continuing education classes here frequently, which are open to any RN, LPN, HHA, and Social Worker for which a small fee may be assessed, as well as for anyone who would like to learn more about the subject. In addition, we appreciate the opportunity to speak at nursing homes, doctor’s offices, hospitals, clinics, schools, senior groups, etc., whenever there is a need for health and wellness information or to provide a clearer understanding of Lakeside Hospice and end of life issues.

CLASSES OFFERED INCLUDE:

• Hospice for the Non-Hospice Professional

An in-service for any professional having contact with patients who have received a terminal diagnosis. It is designed to help medical professionals identify hospice appropriate patients based on their prognosis and to assist in the counseling of these patients and their families.

• Nutrition and Dehydration in the Terminally Ill

This course will discuss the changing nutritional needs of the terminally ill. It will cover ways to maximize nutritional intake, how to choose supplements, when to recommend alternate methods of nutrition, and how to counsel patients and their families about their choices. It will also discuss withholding nutrition.

• Dealing with Stress in the Workplace

This topic is intended to help workers deal with both job related and personal stress. They will identify ways stress affects them and explore options for either decreasing stress or coping with stress in healthy ways.

• Prognosis Guidelines in non-Cancer Diagnoses

This course will provide general and individual guidelines for determining prognosis in non-cancer diagnoses. It will cover the Karnofsky, FAST, and NYHA rating scales to be used in assessing patient functionality and predicting prognosis of disease. It will discuss patient advocacy, end of life issues, and referring patients according to prognosis.

• How We Die

This course is intended to help medical professionals recognize when a patient may be entering the dying process. The physical changes and emotional issues that emerge as one nears death will be explored. An approximate time line of these changes will be presented.

• End of Life Issues

This topic will provide an overview of the current movement in end of life care. It will recognize how legislation may affect medical care in the future. Information on advance directives and personal wishes regarding end of life care will be discussed.

• Good Grief – Coping with Loss

This topic will help participants identify ways to process grief and loss on a personal and professional level. It will provide resources to support spiritual and emotional grief with patients and families.

• Boundaries – Who is in Control of Your Life?

This course identifies healthy boundaries and describes their protective functions in our lives. We will overview types of boundaries and examine ways in which they can be overrun.

• Children’s Grief

This course offers and overview of the ways a child’s developmental stage creates different needs and responses to loss. It will facilitate our understanding of what behaviors to expect at any particular stage and how to help them cope.

• Anger Management – Part I

This course explores how we react physically and mentally to perceived threats. It debunks some myths about anger and provides coping skills for staying in control of our responses.

• Anger Management – Part II

Part II introduces more techniques for defusing a tense situation and offers ways to listen non-judgmentally.

• Professional Boundaries

In this course we discuss some of the challenges of maintaining appropriate boundaries in a professional setting. We will look at the ethical challenges and warning sings that might signal a boundary overrun.

• Symptom Management

This course provides an overview of how hospice manages pain and other symptoms, like nausea or constipation. It discusses the medicines used most often and how and why we administer them.

• Bridging the Culture Gap

In this material we explore the pitfalls that healthcare professional must avoid in a cross-cultural setting. We will discuss how time use, language, family situation, and religion can dictate a different strategy in developing a therapeutic relationship.

• Working with Difficult and Combative Patients / People

Learn reasons why these patients might be difficult. Learn the difference between passive and aggressive, strategies for dealing with difficult patients.

** Lakeside Hospice is an Alabama Board of Nursing CEU and an Alabama Board of Social Work Licensing CEU provider and can provide contact hours for the above programs. For more information, or to schedule an in-service, call Terri Walker at (205) 884-1111 or toll free at (800) 427-3993.