This guide will foster clinician and student reflection, conversation and interaction. This guide will highlight 16 brief vignettes that cover a range of topics critical to patients and healthcare providers.
Objectives: By the end of this film, viewers will be able to:
1. Discuss key factors that affect patient and family decision making about end-of-life care.
2. Differentiate between hospice and palliative care.
3. Compare and contrast the terms sympathy and empathy.
4. Discuss internal conflicts that people may encounter when making decisions about whether to pursue aggressive treatment for life threatening illnesses.
5. Describe the role of the nurse in palliative care/hospice settings.
6. Discuss how family members play a significant role in decision making surrounding care choices.
This educational material is created by D. Mager, DNP, RN-BC, Associate Professor of Nursing, Fairfield University, for the American Nurses Foundation, with funding from the American Nurses Foundation and the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation.