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MULT106-0813: Understanding Hospice and Palliative Care
Kathleen Cooney, DVM, MS and Catherine Metcalf, RN, Case Manager (Hospice)
August 14-September 6, 2013
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS):
Wednesdays, August 21 and 28, 2013; 9:30-11:30 pm ET (USA)
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Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session
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Level and Prerequisites:
course will be open
to veterinarians and veterinary technicians
actively interested in hospice and end-of-life care.
VIN CE Course:
Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
This course has been RACE approved for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
This course is designed to help veterinarians and veterinary staff
to understand the hospice philosophy and how it has become an important
part of today's health care system. Course attendees will learn different
service models, various definitions of care, current trends, and what the
future holds for animal hospice.
The purpose of hospice is to provide support and care for people in the final phase
of a terminal disease, so they can live as fully and comfortably as possible.
As the field of animal hospice continues to develop, it is important to understand
where it came from, why it's needed, and how leaders in the field are defining it today.
Veterinary professionals will do well to promote animal hospice in a collective,
cohesive manner so that caregivers will be well supported throughout
their pet's dying process.
This course consists of two (2) 2-hour Real Time Session, supplemental library materials,
interactive message board discussions, and a mandatory end-of-course test.
Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required
to earn a certificate of completion for the course.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
- Learn the current definitions of animal hospice
- Understand various service models in practice today
- Recognize what it take to offer hospice care and ways to support caregivers
- Understand the dying process at it pertains to the patient and their family
- Understand the hospice program and philosophy
- Determine when the patient and family will benefit from its use
Course materials will be available
in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.
About the Instructors:
Dr. Kathleen Cooney
is founder and president of Home to Heaven, P.C.,
a mobile pet hospice and euthanasia service based in northern Colorado.
Along with her mobile work, Dr. Cooney operates the nation's first pet euthanasia
center on her farm in Loveland Colorado. She was a member of the AVMA's 2013
euthanasia guideline panel and in May 2011, completed writing her first e-book
for veterinarians regarding the many facets of in-home euthanasia. As of July 2012,
Dr. Cooney completed a second book on euthanasia technique training along
with four other authors. This book has the potential to become the world's
first euthanasia textbook for use in veterinary colleges. In April 2011,
she became the Education Chairperson and Conference Coordinator for the
International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC).
She is a strong advocate for education and teaches in-home pet hospice and
euthanasia techniques, along with client communication, to junior veterinary
students in Colorado State University's veterinary medical program.
Due to her accomplishments and dedication to education, client support,
and the advancement of animal hospice care, she was awarded the 2011
Rising Star Veterinarian Award by the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association.
, RN, Case Manager (Hospice),
has been a nurse for over 30 years. Her first job as a new LVN was at
St. Joseph's hospital in Orange County in the late 70s.
She worked on the oncology floor where many of the patients were receiving
"experimental treatments." These treatments often had horrible consequences
and she witnessed many "bad deaths."
After going back to school to finish her RN, she found herself working
on a respiratory and oncology floor. The hospital provided hospice for
the terminally sick and dying patients in her care and she realized what a
difference that made in the experiences of the patients and their families.
Working with an Oncologist as a chemotherapy nurse, she would administer
the patients' chemo treatments and monitor them during the process.
During that time her mother became very ill, was placed on hospice,
and passed peacefully at home with hospice. This experience gave Catherine
a real appreciation of hospice from the perspective of a family member.
She then left the hospital and starting working for hospice
and has never regretted it. Working in hospice care can be
emotionally difficult, but Catherine feels honored to be allowed
to provide support in this very personal
and emotional experience for the patient and their loved ones.
(Real Time Session August 21):
Understanding Hospice and Palliative Care in Human Medicine
Instructor(s): Catherine Metcalf, RN
- Brief history of hospice and palliative care
- Hospice philosophy
- Hospice eligibility and criteria
- Rights of the terminally ill
- Hospice team
- Physician, Nursing Staff and home health aides, MSW, Spiritual coordinator, Bereavement coordinator and Volunteers
- Different levels of Care
- Routine, General impatient and Crisis care
- Symptom control
- Pain, SOB, Anxiety and agitation and Nausea, vomiting or constipation
- Caregiver support and education
- Advanced directives
- Dying process
- Stages of grief
- Bereavement services
(Real Time Session August 28):
Understanding Animal Hospice
Instructor(s): Kathleen Cooney, DVM
CE CREDITS: 4
- Brief history of animal hospice
- Refresher on the AVMA Veterinary Hospice Guidelines
- Philosophy behind the care
- Defining suffering
- Conventional end-of-life care
- Differences between "End-of-life Care" vs. " Animal Hospice"
- Categories of care
- Palliation, Natural death, Euthanasia, Pet loss support and Body care
- Business service models
- Veterinary managed: clinic-based practice
- Veterinary managed: specializing mobile practice
- Caseworker managed: mobile based
- Caseworker managed: sanctuary
- Building the team
- Veterinarians and technicians, Caseworkers,
Specialty home care providers, Spiritual support,
and Grief counselors and more
- Challenges we face
- Current educational opportunities
- Where are we headed?
Member $80 ($72 early bird special if enrolled by July 31, 2013)
Non-Member $150 ($135 early bird special if enrolled by July 31, 2013)
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