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August 2, 2022
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End-of-life disparities exist for those with dementia

A study presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference examined how utilization of end-of-life care for patients with dementia differed by race and ethnicity and found that significant disparities. Non-Hispanic Black and Hispanic patients used more emergency department and inpatient services, and the rate of advance directives among this group was lower.

 Full Story: Healio (free registration) (8/2)  

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Advocates ask for more support for hospice

Patients want to die at home, and families want to fulfill this wish but lack of support and finances often hinder bringing a family member home to die, and access to inpatient hospice is often limited. "What we really need is for the hospice benefit that was defined and implemented over 40 years ago to be redefined and delivered in a way that meets the needs of those who experience serious illness and end of life today," said Ben Marcantonio, chief operating officer for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

 Full Story: Managed Healthcare Executive (7/20)  

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What is most important to the dying?

Palliative care physician Dr. Christine Jones has learned that people at the end of life want us to hear them and understand what is most important to them. "Everyone wants to be seen as a person, not a patient," Jones writes.

 Full Story: Victoria News (British Columbia) (7/25)  

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Bioethicist faces the "radical uncertainty of life in the ICU"

Bioethicist Travis Rieder, director of the master of bioethics degree program at the Berman Institute of Bioethics, describes the agonizing decisions he and his family had to make while his father was intubated and in a coma after a heart attack. Rieder says the "radical uncertainty of life in the ICU" was never part of the cases he taught, and he and his family had to make decisions without knowing the answers to important questions.

Full Story: The Hub (Johns Hopkins University) (7/25)  

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Pandemic affecting palliative care for children

Researchers examined the COVID-19 epidemic's effect on children and young adults with life-limiting and serious illnesses. In interviews, children, caregivers, family members and health care professionals said the pandemic intensified psychological distress, disrupted social support and impeded sources of family services.

 Full Story: Physician's Weekly(7/21)  

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25 triggers for palliative care in patients with advanced HF

Patients with advanced heart failure are seldom referred to palliative care specialists in a timely manner, and to alleviate this, researchers developed 25 "major" disease, needs and time-based criteria to trigger earlier referrals to palliative care. "Having a set of consensus criteria may help standardize the referral process and allow for improved allocation and utilization of the scarce palliative care resources to better address this issue," researchers said.

 Full Story: TCTMD (7/18)  

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Program helps nurses prepare to serve in home health

Newly graduated nurses generally have had to gain experience in the field before they could take on the complex, autonomous role of a home health nurse, but OSF HealthCare in Illinois has developed a training program that allows new graduates to enter home care. The training includes an orientation period and topics like wound care, IV therapy, pediatric health, case management and family engagement.

 Full Story: HealthLeaders Media (7/20)  

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Minn. critical care nurse pens COVID-19 memoir

Critical care nurse Amanda Peterson of Allina Health United Hospital in St. Paul began writing about her pandemic experiences as a way of practicing self-care, and it eventually transformed into a published book, "Everybody Just Breathe: A COVID Nurse Memoir of Stamina and Swear Words." The book is intended to help everyday readers understand health care professionals' perspectives, but it also is "important to Amanda that the memoir be an act of camaraderie and gratitude to her fellow nurses," editor Kerry Stapley said.

 Full Story: Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (7/28)  

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N.Y. end-of-life care measure signed into law

Legislation signed into law in New York will establish a statewide advance care planning campaign and promote awareness of hospice and palliative care services. The bill aims to ensure all in the state have access to end-of-life care services.

Full Story: HudsonValley360 (Hudson, N.Y.) (7/25)  

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Open scholarships/grants from HPNF

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation (HPNF) is currently accepting applications for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Sandra Lee Schafer Certification Scholarship. Application due date: Rolling deadline. Looking to earn or renew your HPCC certification? Apply for this scholarship to cover the certification fees.
  • Chapter Education Grant. Application due date: Aug. 31, 2022. Two grants will be awarded to HPNA Chartered Chapters to assist with growing your chapter and providing educational opportunities for members.
  • The Team Conference for Hospice and Palliative Care Scholarship. Application due date: Sept. 15, 2022. Six scholarships are available for HPNA members to attend The Team Conference for Hospice and Palliative Care, which will take place virtually on Nov. 11, 2022.
  • ELNEC Scholarship. Application due date: Oct. 1, 2022. Several scholarships are available to cover the cost of attending the virtual HPNA-sponsored ELNEC Core or Pediatric course Dec. 6-7, 2022.

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HPNA's Employer Partner Program

The HPNA Employer Partner Program offers volume discounts on 10+ HPNA memberships, HPCC certification exams, and/or POLARIS eLearning packages. Support your nursing care team with education and professional development opportunities! Learn more here or contact Cyndi McCloskey at cynthiam@hpna.org or 412-282-8213.

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