Final Hours of Living

Project Owner: San Diego Hospice and the Institute for Palliative Medicine (SDHIPM)

Project Role

  • Designed and developed e-learning

Project Purpose

  • Identified methodology improvements for delivering “Final Hours of Living” curriculum.
  • Transformed this leader-led course into an asynchronous e-learning training.

Project Goals

  • Investigate the most effective learning methodologies for delivering the “Final Hours of Living” curriculum.
  • Identify the clinician’s role in end-of-life care.
  • Describe the dying process and the “two roads” to death.
  • Describe common psychological  changes of dying patients and how to manage pain.
  • Explain how to “set the stage” for death.

 Project Audience

  • Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Spiritual Counselors
  • Certified Home Health Aids (CHHA)
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

 Project Deliverables

  • e-Learning course (60 minutes)
    • Comprehensive assessment- participants need a score of 80% or higher to get credit for their participation
    • e-learning is SCORM and LMS accessible
  • Supportive print materials
    • Neurological changes during the dying process
    • Physical changes during the dying process
    • Psychosocial & spiritual changes close to the time of death
    • Signs and symptoms close to death

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