Hospice By The Bay Offers Health Care Professionals Free Training in End-of-Life Care

The non-profit Hospice By The Bay, a regional resource for hospice and palliative care, is offering specialized trainings in end-of-life care at no charge to all healthcare professionals in Marin, San Francisco, and Sonoma counties starting in March. CEUs are available. The ongoing trainings on various topics in end-of-life care are held in Larkspur. For the schedule of trainings, which are repeated monthly, contact Hospice's Staff Excellence Team at (415) 927-2273.

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Nurses spend more time with patients facing the end of life than any other member of the health care team

Larkspur, CA (Vocus) February 12, 2009

The non-profit Hospice By The Bay , a regional resource for hospice and palliative care, is offering specialized trainings in end-of-life care at no charge to all healthcare professionals in Marin, San Francisco, and Sonoma counties starting in March. Funded by nursing education grants, Hospice is training its entire clinical staff using the nationally recognized, continuing education program from the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), and inviting staff from other health care organizations to attend the same trainings. CEUs are available, also at no charge. The ongoing trainings on various topics in end-of-life care are held at Hospice By The Bay, 17 East Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Larkspur. For the schedule of trainings, which are repeated monthly, and to register to attend, contact Hospice's Staff Excellence Team at (415) 927-2273.

"Nurses spend more time with patients facing the end of life than any other member of the health care team," says Hospice By The Bay CEO Sandra Lew. "Yet studies show that many nurses feel inadequately prepared to provide the comprehensive and sensitive care that is so important at the end of life. As the Bay Area's community resource on end-of-life care, Hospice By The Bay wants to improve the quality of care for all terminally ill patients by helping train their health care professionals."

The trainings cover topics in geriatric and pediatric end-of-life care, including: how to achieve quality care at the end of life; nursing care at the end of life; pain and symptom assessment and management; cultural considerations; ethical issues; communication; preparation for and care at the time of death; and coping with loss, grief, and bereavement. The ELNEC curriculum was designed by researchers, educators, authors and other national leaders in the field of hospice and palliative care, through grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the City of Hope, and from the Archstone Foundation.

Ten Hospice By The Bay staff have been certified as trainers in the ELNEC curriculum through funds from the Mount Zion Health Fund, which established the Dr. Robert T. Mendel Memorial Nursing Fund, and the Frank A. Campini Foundation. Hospice's ongoing training of its staff and other health care professionals is also funded by the Campini Foundation, with additional monies from the George H. Sandy Foundation, and the Nickel vs. Bank of America Second Settlement Fund.

Hospice By The Bay , which serves Marin, San Francisco, Northern San Mateo, and Sonoma counties, is dedicated to providing the highest quality of end-of-life care to patients and their families regardless of their ability to pay. Hospice By The Bay also serves people whose lives have been affected by the loss of a loved one through its community grief support program.

Hospice By The Bay is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has been serving the Bay Area since 1975. Hospice By The Bay programs are funded through health care reimbursement and financial donations from community members and businesses. For more information about Hospice By The Bay services or how to support our work, call (415) 927-2273, or visit http://www.hospicebythebay.org.

Contact:
Erin Henke
Hospice By The Bay
Director of Communications & Community Relations
(415) 927-2273

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Hospice By The Bay trainers are offering inservices to its clinical staff, as well as all healthcare professionals in the community, to promote the highest-quality end-of-life care for all patients and families.

Shown here from left are: (top row) Sandee Wishon, Director of Clinical Outreach; Linda LiBrize, Team Leader; Tara Sotter, Team Leader; (bottom row) Nancy Muggoch, Palliative Care Nurse; Janet Winegarner, Team Leader; and Shelley Truett, Director of Staff Excellence and Projects. (Not pictured: Rowena De Mayo, Pediatric Coordinator; Sister Maggie Glynn, Primary Nurse; Casey Hobbs, Team Leader; and Lupe Nunez, Palliative Care Social Worker.)