Continuing Education Units

All programs are worth 1 CEU and are appropriate for nurses and social workers; with the exception of Advanced Pain Management which is worth 1.5 CEUs and is for nurses only.

To request training, please call us at 850-878-5310 or complete the form below.

Advance Directives

This program addresses an individual’s right to refuse treatment and direct their own care. The definition, benefit and utilization of the following topics will be discussed: Advance Directives, The Five Wishes, Living Will, DNRO (Do Not Resuscitate Order), Healthcare Surrogate, Healthcare Proxy, and Durable Power of Attorney.

Advanced Pain Management

This program is an advanced course for nurses only. It focuses on harmful effects of untreated pain, barriers to pain management, and strategies to overcome those barriers. Nurses will learn the components of an effective pain assessment and steps to properly treat pain as well as learn the essential steps to titrate opioid medications.

Caring for Families in Crisis at the End-of-Life

During the death of a loved one, families and friends experience stress and a level of crisis. This program will help you recognize common behaviors associated with this crisis and understand what’s behind them. Strategies and techniques to support and assist families and friends will be discussed.

Communicating with Patients with Dementia

This program defines dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Attendees will learn the signs and symptoms of the three stages of Alzheimer’s disease and the communication challenges associated with each stage. Communication techniques to use when communicating with those with dementia will be discussed.

End-of-Life Restlessness and Agitation

Some individuals experience restlessness, dementia and terminal anguish during the dying process. This program will define each of these conditions and discuss the signs and symptoms. You will learn some of the reversible causes for end-stage restlessness using the DELIRIUM acronym and interventions you can use to reverse the condition and/or make the person more comfortable.

Ethics at End-of-Life

Many situations occur at the end-of-life that can create challenging dilemmas for the patient and family. Learn about these situations before you are faced with them in real life such as: inserting a feeding tube, managing pain using high-dose narcotics, and helping family members honor a loved one’s wishes. Case studies help to clarify one’s beliefs while providing thought-provoking discussion.

Foundation of Pain Management

This program is a basic overview of pain management for all clinicians from CNAs to nurses. The definition of pain, barriers to pain management, and indicators of pain will be discussed. The instructor will explain the pain scale and identify non-pharmacologic interventions for pain management.

Grief of the Professional Caregiver

This presentation focuses on symptoms and reactions to grief and how professional caregivers may effectively care for themselves. The presenter will demonstrate relaxation techniques and discuss healthy coping measures to prevent compassion fatigue.

Partners in Providing Excellent Care – Big Bend Hospice in the Facility

This program explains the mission and philosophy of Big Bend Hospice. The instructor will discuss guidelines for determining prognosis and explain how BBH partners with nursing homes and facilities to provide excellent patient care.

Is Hospice Appropriate Now?

This program describes hospice care and services as well as when, who and how a person would be referred. You will learn about general indicators for hospice care and the four common non-cancer diagnoses including related guidelines.

Palliative and Hospice Care

This program will dispel the many myths and misconceptions about what hospice is and the services provided. You will learn the differences between curative, palliative, and hospice care to gain an understanding of the many benefits hospice care offers.

Signs & Symptoms of the Dying Process

While each person’s death is unique, there are some common signs and symptoms of the dying process. This program focuses on the physical, psychosocial and spiritual stages of the dying process from three months prior to hours before a person’s death.

Symptom Management at the End-of-Life

This program identifies common physical and psychological symptoms associated with end-of-life processes and their potential causes. The presenter will describe how to assess symptoms and offer pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions that may prevent or diminish end-of-life symptoms.

When Death is Imminent: Music Therapy Interventions for Patients and Families

Providing care to patients who are imminent or actively dying can be uniquely challenging for both staff and caregivers. Music Therapy care can be provided through specialized interventions for both patients and families to facilitate a patient’s peaceful death and positive coping of families and staff. Participants will learn about the signs and symptoms of imminent death and specific music therapy interventions in the care of actively dying patients and their families.

Hospice and Palliative Music Therapy 101

This presentation is open to all staff and serves as an introduction to Music Therapy, the basic principles of hospice care, and how music therapy can benefit hospice patients. The hospice care team, the role of the music therapist, and the fundamentals of music therapy will be described.

Deciphering the Tears: Grief 101 & Music Therapy Techniques for Dealing with Loss

This interactive presentation will provide information on the fundamentals of grief, loss, and the grieving process. Participants will learn about current techniques being used to assist the bereaved through music therapy. Techniques that clinicians can use in helping the bereaved will also be discussed.

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