Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care

The core Fundamentals program is intended for those in the health system who have an interest in developing his or her capacity related to hospice palliative care:

Volunteers Personal Support Workers
Recreational therapists Housekeeping
Dietitians Social Workers
Developmental Service Managers Students – Health Science, PSW, RN, etc.
Case Coordinators Directors of Care
Health Administration Occupational Therapists
Nurse Practitioners Registered Nurses
Registered Practical Nurses Pharmacists
Physician/Family Health Team Staff Specialty Care Services (renal, ICU, Acute, etc.)
Mental Health Case Managers Emergency Medical Services



By developing comfort in discussing all aspects of dying and death, and by becoming aware of the issues in each of the domains (disease management, physical, psychological, social, spiritual, end of life care/death management and loss and grief) that may impact persons and families living with life-threatening illness, formal caregivers are prepared and then challenged to apply strategies that can facilitate a change in the illness experience of those living with dying.

Team members, depending on their specific responsibilities and accountabilities, play complementary and vitally important roles on the team. Learners enrolled in the program gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of various team members and gain insight into the importance of effective communication and effective team function in supporting the person and family as they journey with progressive illness.

Program Design – Learning Strategy

Self-directed reading & reflection 40% (11 hours)
e-Learning 20% (5.5 hours)
In-person (case-based) learning sessions 35% (10.5 hours)
Peer-to-Peer (learning debrief) 1% (1 hour)
Reflective activity 4% (4 hours)
TOTAL 32 hours over a minimum of 6 weeks



The Enhanced stream of the Fundamentals Program is intended for Nurse Practitioners (NPs), Registered Nurses (RNs), and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) – this module focuses on assessment and medication administration, NPs, RNs, RPNs must take the core Fundamentals program prior to taking Fundamentals Enhanced; Fundamentals Enhanced is a prerequisite for the CAPCE Program.

Program Design – Learning Strategy

Self-directed reading & reflection 50% (2 hours)
e-Learning 20% (1 hour)
In-person (case-based) learning sessions 30% (1.5 hours)
TOTAL 4.5 hours over a minimum of 2 weeks

Registration Closes: Jan. 5, 2019

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Registration Closes: April 2, 2019

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Registration Closes: Sept. 4, 2019

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**Course is currently not available in French**