Building Palliative Care Expertise through Interdisciplinary Models and Best Practices

Building Palliative Care Expertise through Interdisciplinary Models and Best Practices


What Makes this Program Different?

This program has been designed by St. Catherine faculty and advisers, including a nurse educator, nurse  practitioners, a theological ethicist and a hospital chaplain.

 "With increased awareness of a patient's spirit, palliative care focuses on the whole person."   --Paul Galchutt, instructor.

With a focus on clinical reasoning and analysis, participants will engage in simulated patient situations, case studies, small and large group discussions, role-play, media observation and feedback; participants will learn about advanced assessment, management of pain and other symptoms, and other physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of care in the person with a life-threatening or life-limiting condition.   Related topics will include communication approaches, ethical, legal, and financial considerations relevant to palliative care, and the use of research and practice guidelines to provide quality care.  
This 40 hour continuing education program is designed to meet a current unmet need in the palliative care community in the Twin Cities and regional area.  This program offers an intensive, “beyond-the-basics” educational opportunity tailored to the needs of experienced providers who aim to develop competencies beyond introductory concepts.  Utilizing both online and face-to-face learning formats, this program will offer a variety of active and experiential learning opportunities.

Some Things to Consider...

  • The program is appropriate for all disciplines working in palliative care and will be open to registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, social workers, spiritual health providers and other members of interprofessional palliative and hospice care teams working in nursing homes, hospitals, clinics and long-term care.  Though the program is NOT an examination review program for hospice and palliative medicine or nursing certifications, it will help team members focus their efforts in clinical practice. 
  • We encourage palliative care teams to register together.  The program is also appropriate for those who wish to expand their practice to palliative care.
  • All sessions meet on the St. Paul campus of St. Catherine University. Students in the class will use D2L (Desire to Learn) program management system for the online portion of the program. Please refer to the Computer Requirements page to determine if your computer meets the necessary technology requirements.


Contact: The Center of Continuing Education  ---  E:   P: 651-690-6819