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NHPCO Webinar - Veterans: Care at End of Life

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

March 9, 2017
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

CE/CME Information

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Webinar Description

With an estimated 85% of Veterans receiving care at end of life outside of the VA system, it is important that hospice and palliative care providers are prepared to care for Veterans, especially those who have experienced trauma. This Webinar will examine the difficult symptoms Veterans may experience at the end of life including uncontrolled pain, terminal agitation, nightmares and out of control anger, all of which may be delayed or undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Faculty also will discuss recent research on the trauma experience that has found most people need some form of body based psychotherapy or body work to fully recover. Participants will learn how yoga and other evidence based interventions can effectively decrease the symptoms of PTSD. In addition, faculty will discuss the effects of secondary traumatic stress disorder (STSD) as well as the unique challenges of Veterans from different war eras. 

Webinar Objectives

At the completion of this Webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss evidence based practice of trauma sensitive yoga, meditation, and other complementary and alternative medicine in recovery from PTSD and terminal agitation
  • Identify Veterans receiving hospice care who may be exhibiting delayed PTSD and members of IDT who may be exhibiting STSD
  • Compare and contrast the related diseases, illnesses and health conditions of Veterans from different war eras


Kathryn Van Pelt, RN, MSN, CHPN

Kathy is an Affiliate with Opus Peace, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide programs that respond to soul injuries generated by unmourned grief and unforgiven guilt that occur during trauma, abuse, and self-neglect. She is a Registered Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist with a Master of Science in Nursing, and a Certified Hospice Palliative Nurse. Previously, Kathy served as the Veteran Care Liaison for Hospice of Dayton where she gained 23 years of hospice experience with one of the leading hospices in the country participating in We Honor Veterans (WHV) Partnership Levels, having received Honorable Mention recognition at the NHPCO WHV Five Year Anniversary Celebration, October 2015. In addition, Kathy is a Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Warriors at Ease Teacher, teaching Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Meditation in military communities. She also has developed a program addressing Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder (STSD) in hospice nurses, as well as social workers, chaplains and personal care assistants.  

Counselor: The National Hospice and Palliative Care has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6232. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHPCO is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. 

Nurse: NHPCO is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 contact hours. Nurses should claim only the contact hours commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Accredited status by ANCC refers only to continuing nursing education and does not imply endorsement of any commercial product discussed in conjunction with this activity.

Physician: The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals: For participants* whose disciplines are other than counselor, nurse and physician, you may request a Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals to submit to your accrediting bodies/licensing boards for continuing education credit. This certificate will indicate the Webinar was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. It is the responsibility of participants to submit the certificates to their accrediting bodies/licensing boards for approval. Unfortunately, NHPCO cannot guarantee its acceptance. To receive this certificate, you must complete all CE/CME requirements and indicate your desire to receive this certificate on the evaluation form.

*including bereavement professionals, finance professionals, physician assistants, social workers, spiritual care givers, etc.

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