Advanced Practice Nurse Fellowship

Where Clinical Experience and the

Classroom Come Together


  • PROGRAM OVERVIEW
  • INTRODUCTION TO THE CURRICULUM
  • 10-MONTH PROGRAM - Starts June 3, 2014

10-MONTH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CSUSM SCHOOL OF NURSING & UCSD HOWELL SERVICE TEAM

Since this program requires a blend of employer, faculty and student coordination PLEASE call to discuss how this program can work for you. Call Nicole at 760.750.8707 or email her at norsini@csusm.edu. The following is a general overview of the fellowship. 

This unique program allows the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) including the Nurse Practitioner (NP) and the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) to gain palliative care knowledge appropriate to advanced practitioners as well as clinical experience, specific to their organization. The Advanced Practice Nurse Fellowship program emphasizes a unique combination of clinical experience at the fellow's home organization and supporting classroom time that incorporates simulations, standardized patients and time with mentor role models. The result is in a fully trained, clinically experienced APN with a solid understanding of state-of the-art best practices in palliative care.

The Advanced Practice Nurse Fellowship program is designed to address the critical need for palliative care trained APNs, combining exceptional knowledge and mentoring by experienced palliative care professionals with practical clinical experience with their employer. Employers have the opportunity to hire a new APN for the program or use the program to develop the skills of a current employee. Either way, the APN is working throughout the fellowship and is continuously learning from an in depth and detailed curriculum.

The Advanced Practice Nurse Fellowship curriculum prepares the APN to immediately assume a significant role at an inpatient palliative care program, hospice, outpatient palliative care clinic, home care service, long-term-care facility, or residential care for the elderly (RCFE) facility. Upon completion of the fellowship, the APN will be eligible to sit for the National Board of Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurses (NBCHPN) Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN) exam. Participants will also gain Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the didactic portions of the training.

10-MONTH APN FELLOWSHIP OVERVIEW
FIRST THREE WEEKS OF PROGRAM

  • Four days per week of lecture/case study/simulation at Cal State San Marcos (CSUSM) and other participating Cal State campuses
  • One day per week of clinical work at employer site

REMAINING NINE MONTHS OF PROGRAM

  • Four days per week of clinical work at employer site
  • One day per week of lecture/case studies/simulation
  • Last week – back on campus

CERTIFICATION – At the conclusion of the course, participants have the knowledge and clinical hours to sit for the NBCHPN Advanced Practice Palliative Nurse Certification (ACHPN) examination and will be strongly encouraged to do so.

This program is limited to 10 fellows per campus.

Because the APN will be gaining their clinical experiences at their place of employment, the most current and relevant palliative care practices will be shared with the interdisciplinary team where they work. The APN will conduct a major project that serves a specific need of their employer, helping to grow your program in ways that are meaningful to the organization.

Here is a partial list of the palliative care topics that will be covered as a part of the Fellowship's academic curriculum:

  • The assessment and physiology of pain including:
  • Multi-dimensional assessment, pain crisis, opioid pharmacology, use of methadone, non-opioid analgesia and interventional procedures
  • The physiology and pharmacological management of symptoms including:
  • Nausea/vomiting, bowel-related issues, ascites, dyspnea, depression and delirium
  • Non-pharmacologic symptom management will also be taught, including alternative and complimentary therapies, Dignity Therapy
  • Special care needs of the actively dying
  • Prognostication and when to refer to hospice service
  • Communication; including conducting family meetings, breaking bad news, roles of the nurse consultant
  • Ethical and legal issues
  • Cultural competency and humility
  • Working as a member of and/or leader in an interdisciplinary team
  • Reimbursement, billing and coding
  • Role as an educator
  • Palliative care related to specific patient population and diagnostic groups
  • Preparation for the ACHPN examination


DATE: June 3, 2014

LOCATION: Online and at Participating CSU Campuses

MORE INFO:
Education Programs Coordinator
Palliative Care Programs
ckgordon@csusm.edu

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