Purpose: Healthcare providers will place an emphasis on each terminally ill patient’s uniqueness that tends to preserve their sense of dignity. Objectives: 1. Discuss an understanding of the history of end-of-life care and future directions; 2. Define an operational definition of “dignity” and dying with dignity” and its unique meaning for patients, families and nursing professionals; 3. Assess and describe factors necessary for preserving dignity at the end-of-life; 4. Systematize nursing practice in dying with dignity at the end-of-life by being accountable for professional nursing practice guidelines as set out by the American Nurses Association; 5. Appraise the precepts underlying end-of-life care developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in accordance with the International Council of Nurses; 6. Identify the three major categories of “The Dignity Model” that emerged from a study of dying patients’ perceptions of their own sense of dignity. 7. Articulate the A, B, C and D’s of Dignity Conserving Care as put forward in the literature; 8. Provide evidence-based recommendations for nurses on best nursing practices for end-of-life care; 9. Formulate two nursing interventions that promote the phenomenon of dignified dying; 10. Reflect upon your personal feelings and attitudes about dying with dignity. Continuing Education Credits: 1.2 contact hours Iowa BON #335; 1.0 contact hours CA Board of Nursing CEP 14033; 1.0 contact hours CE Broker # 50-4572 Florida and District of Columbia; 1.0 contact hours for Social Work State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. License No. 159.001315; 0 contact hours for Physical Therapy State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. License No. 216.000284; 0 contact hours for Occupational Therapy State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. License No. 224.000164; 1.0 CE hours for certified nursing assistants; long term care department heads; and other health care disciplines.
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