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California State University Institute for Palliative Care Rolls Out Spring/Summer Calendar of Courses for Healthcare Professionals

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SOURCE California State University Institute for Palliative Care

With many programs available online, professional development offerings made easily accessible to healthcare workforce

SAN MARCOS, Calif., Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The California State University Institute for Palliative Care (, located at Cal State San Marcos, announced its spring and summer calendar of courses aimed at bringing the best practices of palliative care to the healthcare community.

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Helen McNeal, Executive Director of the Institute, said, "As chronic and serious conditions increase due to our aging population, America must have a workforce prepared to handle the growing demand for compassionate palliative care that goes hand-in-hand with curative treatment. Our cutting-edge palliative care courses are teaching nurses, social workers, chaplains and other healthcare professionals the latest and best practices in palliative care."

Many of the Institute's programs are fully online, while others offer a blend of classroom and online learning. In one of the Institute's program overview videos, curriculum developer and teacher Carma Erickson-Hurt, RN MSN, APRN, ACHPN, says, "I can honestly tell you that as someone who has taught both in the classroom and online, that I actually have more interaction within an online classroom than I ever do in a lecture format." That online interaction combined with flexibility and accessibility is why the Institute continues to experience such rapid growth.

Palliative Care Courses Being Offered This Spring/Summer:

Advanced Practice Nurse Fellowship
This program reflects a unique partnership between the Institute, the CSUSM School of Nursing, the Doris A. Howell Service at UCSD and employers needing experienced advanced practice nurses. Advanced practice nurses will have the opportunity to work for their health care employers while completing a ten-month program in palliative care. There are multiple Cal State University campuses throughout California participating in this program. This course begins June 3.

Post-MSW Palliative Care Certificate
The first and only online certificate program designed to enhance the skills of MSWs in palliative care. The CSU Institute for Palliative Care's Post-MSW Palliative Care Social Work Certificate program is designed to provide master's prepared social workers with the knowledge and skills to be successful working in a palliative care, interprofessional environment whether that is in a hospital, hospice or other setting. Next course starts May 5th. SEE VIDEO description. 

RN Certificate in Palliative Care
The RN Certificate in Palliative Care is a dynamic 8-week online course aimed at enhancing nurses' competencies and knowledge of palliative care. The curriculum provides essential knowledge for professionals who deliver, or want to learn more about delivering, palliative nursing care regardless of the setting (hospice, inpatient/outpatient palliative care, oncology, long-term care, etc.) The next course begins April 7. SEE VIDEO overview. 

RN Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing (CHPN) Certification Prep
As organizations like the Joint Commission, CMS and others look for health care organizations to deliver palliative care using professionals with recognized certifications, nurses working in palliative are recognizing the value of taking the NBCHPN RN Certification exam. There will be more focus on pain and symptom management and greater opportunity for practice test questions in this training. This program is offered in partnership with the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association San Diego Chapter. The course is May 3-4 in San Diego.

Palliative Care Chaplaincy Specialty Certificate
The California State University Institute for Palliative Care and HealthCare Chaplaincy Network – two leaders in their fields – have created an online certificate course to support chaplains and other spiritual care providers with the delivery of palliative care to patients and their families in hospitals, hospices, long-term care facilities, and elsewhere. The next course begins March 31st. SEE VIDEO overview.

About the CSU Institute for Palliative Care
The CSU Institute for Palliative Care at Cal State San Marcos is America's first statewide educational and workforce development initiative dedicated to palliative care. The Institute offers professional development and continuing education courses designed to enhance the skills of current and future health care professionals, as well as programs to build palliative care awareness in the community.

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