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Courses for Professionals


Nurses Palliative Care Social Workers Palliative Care Chaplains Palliative Care

Interprofessional Palliative Care


Summaries

Many of our palliative care educational programs provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs). All are designed to meet the needs not only of those new to palliative care or hospice but also experienced palliative care professionals. In addition, we offer our palliative care courses both online and in classroom settings at Cal State San Marcos, participating California State University campuses throughout California, and in local community facilities in the San Diego area.

Nurses Palliative Care

Advanced Practice RN Certificate Optional FellowshipAdvanced Practice RN Certificate in Palliative Care With Optional Fellowship

DATE: April 6 - 7, 2015
LOCATION: Online

After hearing your feedback and completing our research, we have reconfigured the original course, keeping ALL of the course content but putting it into an asynchronous, 100% online format. This advanced course in palliative care gives you access to the first-of-its-kind, fully online Advanced Practice RN Certificate!

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RN Certificate Palliative CareRN Certificate in Palliative Care

DATE: February 15, 2015
LOCATION: Online

The RN Certificate in Palliative Care is a dynamic 8-week online course aimed at enhancing nurses' competencies and knowledge of palliative care. The curriculum provides essential knowledge for professionals who deliver, or want to learn more about delivering, palliative nursing care regardless of the setting (hospice, inpatient/outpatient palliative care, oncology, long-term care, etc.) SEE VIDEO description. 

The course work is fully online which allows nurses greater flexibility in balancing work responsibilities with furthering their own career development in palliative care. For busy nursing professionals who want an in-depth but phased review to prepare to take the Certification Board for Hospice and Palliative Nursing exam for nurses, this online course is a great way to review and refresh your palliative care and hospice skills.

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CHPN Cert Prep Palliative CareRN Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing (CHPN) Certification Prep

DATE: Spring 2015
LOCATION: TBA

As organizations like the Joint Commission, CMS and others look for health care organizations to deliver palliative care using professionals with recognized certifications, nurses working in palliative are recognizing the value of taking the NBCHPN RN Certification exam.

If you are thinking about getting your certification (or need to renew it), this preparation course is exactly the help you need to ensure you pass your exam.

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Social Workers Palliative Care

Fundamental Hospice Skills for Social WorkersFundamental Hospice Skills for Social Workers (NEW)

DATE: March 16 - May 8, 2014
LOCATION: Online

This 8-week online course has been designed by leading hospice experts and is open to all levels of social work licensing (BSW, MSW, LCSW). The course focuses on the skills that are fundamental to every social worker involved in a hospice setting. If your career path is hospice-oriented, this course is an ideal way to keep your knowledge and skills up to date.

Click HERE to learn more and register!

Fundamental Palliative Care Skills for Social WorkersFundamental Palliative Care Skills for Social Workers (NEW)

DATE: March 16 - May 8, 2014
LOCATION: Online

This online course serves as an excellent introductory program for those new to palliative care as well as a refresher course to enhance the practice of more experienced palliative care social workers. This 8-week online course has been designed by leading palliative care experts who are very engaged in today’s palliative care issues. The course is open to all levels of social work licensing (BSW, MSW, LCSW).

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Post MSW Palliative CarePost-MSW Palliative Care Certificate

DATE: March 2, 2015
LOCATION: Online

The first and only online certificate program designed to enhance the skills of MSWs in palliative care. The CSU Institute for Palliative Care’s Post-MSW Palliative Care Social Work Certificate Program is designed to provide master’s-prepared social workers’ with the knowledge and skills to be successful working in a palliative care, interprofessional environment whether that is in a hospital, hospice or other setting. SEE VIDEO description.

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Chaplains Palliative Care

Mental Health Palliative CareMental Health Fundamentals in

Spiritual Care

DATE: February 2, 2015
LOCATION: Online

This 6-week course is for chaplains and others providing spiritual care for those with serious or chronic illness. These families frequently encounter mental health issues that can be very challenging. This course, developed by HealthCare Chaplaincy Network and offered by the CSU Institute for Palliative Care provides essential knowledge of prevalent mental-health issues and the opportunity to build their skills and confidence working in these situations.

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Chaplaincy Certificate Palliative CarePalliative Care Chaplaincy Specialty Certificate

DATE: January 26 - March 27, 2015
LOCATION: Online

The California State University Institute for Palliative Care and HealthCare Chaplaincy Network – two leaders in their fields – have created an online certificate course to support chaplains and other spiritual care providers with the delivery of palliative care to patients and their families in hospitals, hospices, long-term care facilities, and elsewhere. SEE VIDEO

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Interprofessional Palliative Care

Business Case for Palliative CareThe Business Case for Palliative Care

DATE: Open Registration*
LOCATION: Online

This four hour, self-paced course is designed to orient clinical and administrative leaders to the concepts that inform the business case for palliative care. It introduces the analyses that can be used to assess the impact of existing pallaitive programs and identify growth opportunities for hospital, clinic, and home-based palliative services. Developed by a nationally recognized team of clinicians and analysts, the course provides a roadmap for gathering the data needed to make the case for creating, sustaining or expanding your pallaitive care services. This course helps you identify potential speedbumps as well as helps you confirm the value your palliative care programs bring to your organization. *Since this is a self-paced course, you can register at any time. You will receive your login within 3 business days.

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Caring At A DistanceCaring At A Distance (NEW)

DATE: November 12, 2014
LOCATION: Online

Our mobile society sometimes makes caregiving a challenge. Yet, there are proven techniques and resources available to those caring for loved ones across town or across the country. This self-paced course teaches individual caregivers and professional care- givers considerations around legal, ethical, and emotional issues. The online course provides insights into how to prioritize a visit, manage sibling rivalries, deal with resistant loved ones, as well as useful resources and innovative solutions to common problems.

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Culturally Competent Palliative Care for LatinosCulturally Competent Palliative Care for Latinos (NEW)

DATE: November 10-21, 2014
LOCATION: Online

This program will present healthcare providers with an understanding of culturally sensitive palliative care in every interaction they have with Latino patients. If your hospice or palliative care program is serving a Latino community, you understand the challenge of reaching those who could most benefit by your services… and this course is a MUST DO!

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Journey of Self-Awareness Palliative CareJourney of Self-Awareness – A Palliative Care Program for Healthcare Professionals (NEW)

DATE: November 19, 2014
LOCATION: Online

This self-paced course gives the professional caregiver an opportunity to increase their understanding and ability to assist with all aspects of care of those with serious illness and those who are at the end of life. It focuses more on the spiritual and emotional care of the dying and their loved ones, than on the practical, medical aspects. There will be reading, journaling and thought-provoking questions to help you look deep inside at your caregiving career and your personal life. *Since this is a self-paced course, you can register at any time. You will receive your login within 3 business days.

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Excellence in Interprofessional Palliative Care DocumentationExcellence in Interprofessional Palliative Care Documentation

DATE: Open Registration*
LOCATION: Online

In palliative care, documentation is at the heart of our communications. This course provides quick, discipline-specific as well as team-focused strategies for ensuring that your palliative care documentation facilitates communication and supports great relationships within the team and with your referral sources. If you are staying late working on documentation or frustrated by the documentation habits of your colleagues, this course is for you! Those who have already taken this course say that it has been a powerful catalyst for some very important and meaningful conversations about how things get done in their organizations.  *Since this is a self-paced course, you can register at any time. You will receive your login within 3 business days.

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What is POLST?Working With POLST

DATE: Open Registration*
LOCATION: Online

POLST stands for Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. It is a physician order that gives patients more control over their care by specifying the types of medical treatment they want to receive during advanced serious illness. This course is designed to help the healthcare professional understand the role and value of this document, and how to employ it in documenting and honoring patient wishes. This course provides specific details regarding POLST in California. *Since this is a self-paced course, you can register at any time. You will receive your login within 3 business days.

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Professional Courses in Development

We are continually developing new courses for professionals. Some are currently in beta, while others are prepped to roll out.

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