Course Description

The goal of this course is to assist the learner in gaining the knowledge, skills and attitudes to provide patient and family directed care and comfort as the patient is imminently dying and after the death.  Signs and symptoms of active dying, life completion and closure tasks and post-death supportive services for family and care staff will be addressed.

CE/CME Offered
CE/CME Credit Available: Nurse and Social Worker

1.0 hours


  • Discuss the importance of role blending and the interdisciplinary approach in caring for patients and families when death is imminent
  • Discuss the signs of imminent death and interventions that provide patient and family centered care and comfort during the period of active dying
  • List the signs of death
  • Explain the importance of post-mortem care of the body and emotional and bereavement support to the family and interdisciplinary group members after the death

Subject Matter Expert

Carol Johnston, RN, BA

Carol Johnston is a Learning Services Coordinator at Empath Health. One of Carol’s passions in life is education, the other is pain control. This makes her an unparalleled writer in hospice and palliative care courses. In Carol’s opinion, no one should ever have to suffer from physical pain, and she feels it is one of her life’s duties to help people control it.

As a course writer, Carol tirelessly researches every aspect of a topic, leaving no stone unturned. The word thorough is hardly enough to describe her knowledge on causes, effects and treatments of pain, or any subject she tackles. Carol is the Empath Health Encyclopedia. When people have a question without an answer, they go to Carol. Sometimes there is a line outside her door. It’s a wonder she ever gets anything done.

Carol started out as an elementary school teacher and also has worked for Empath Health as a staff nurse.

Planners: Karen Lo, MS, BA, RN, Carol Johnston, RN, BA and Susan Bruno, MSW, LCSW have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Subject Matter Experts: Carol Johnston, RN, BA has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

CE/CME Credit Hours

1.0 Contact Hours

Social Work
1.0 Contact Hour


In order to complete this online activity, and/or obtain CE/CME credit, participants must view the course in its entirety, correctly answer all case studies and quiz/test questions (as appropriate) and complete the evaluation. You will have access to the course for 90 days from the date of purchase.


This activity is being provided through NHPCO’s collaboration with Empath Health.

Empath Health, ACE Provider #1256, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. The Empath Health maintains responsibility for the program.  ASWB Approval Period: January 28, 2014 through January 28, 2017.

Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.  Social workers participating in this course will receive 1 Clinical continuing education clock hours.”

Contact hours provided via Empath Health’s CE Broker Provider #50-1994 for nurses, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, social workers and nursing home administrators.


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