Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Program Description

This subspecialty is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses to provide informed and compassionate palliative and end-of-life care to patients and families across the lifespan and in a variety of settings.

Students completing this subspecialty will:

  • Recognize dynamic changes in population demographics, health care economics and services delivery that necessitate improvements in palliative and end-of-life care.
  • Explore caregiver attitudes, feelings, values, and expectations about death and grief.
  • Promote the provision of palliative and end-of-life care to the dying as active, desirable, and an integral component of care.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members while implementing the nursing role in palliative and end-of-life care.
  • Explore the experience of suffering, grief, loss, and bereavement for the patient and family.
  • Communicate effectively and sensitively with the patient, family, and health care team about palliative and end-of-life issues.
  • Understand legal and ethical principles in the analysis of complex issues and end-of-life care, recognizing the influence of personal values and professional codes.
  • Assess multiple dimensions including physical, psychological, social, spiritual, and cultural needs to improve quality at end-of-life.
  • Demonstrate skill in the development of a plan for improved palliative and end-of-life care within a health care delivery system or in a community.
  • Apply knowledge gained from palliative and end-of life care research to education and care.

The Program Director of the Palliative and End-of-Life Care Nurse Practitioner subspecialty is Penelope Buschman, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN.