After participating in this educational activity, attendees should be able to:

  1. Describe the philosophy and principles of hospice and palliative care that can be integrated across settings to affect quality pediatric care.
  2. Identify changes in society, healthcare economics, and service delivery that necessitate improved professional preparation for palliative care. 
  3. Discuss unique aspects of suffering for children and families facing a life-threatening illness or event. 
  4. Discuss cases in which perinatal or neonatal palliative care may be beneficial
  5. Describe unique characteristics of neonatal palliative care and strategies to overcome challenges.
  6. Summarize three aspects of excellent ongoing communication with the interdisciplinary team, the child, and the family throughout palliative care.
  7. Explain ethical issues and dilemmas that may arise in palliative care for children.
  8. Identify barriers to adequate pain relief in palliative care and list components of a thorough pain assessment.
  9. Discuss cultural and spiritual factors which may affect the ability to communicate effectively with patients and families facing the end of life.
  10. Describe assessment of symptoms and interventions that can prevent or diminish symptoms.
  11. Identify physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs and interventions for an imminently dying child and his/her/their family. 
  12. Provided three interventions that may be appropriate to facilitate the grief process.
  13. Define personal death awareness and cumulative loss associated with professional caregiving. 

Vanessa Battista, RN, MS, CPNP-PC, CHPPN
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Diane C. Parker MSN, RN, CHPN, CHPPN
Vice President
Traditions Health, Southeast Region

Faculty Disclosure

The design and content of Baystate Continuing Interprofessional Education ( CE ) activities support quality improvement in healthcare and provide fair and balanced views of therapeutic options.  Faculty or planner conflicts of interest are resolved before the educational activity.

None of the members of the faculty and planning committee for this educational event have commercial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods and services consumed by or used on patients.


Session date: 
01/15/2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am EST
Baystate Medical Center
759 Chestnut St.
Springfield, MA 01199
United States
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 ANCC Contact Hours
  • 1.00 BCIPE Instructional Hours

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