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Clinical Hospice: Overview

The purpose of this educational activity is to enable
the learner to have knowledge of the overview of the philosophy of hospice care
and the supportive care for the terminally ill individual and their families.  


Additional Course Information

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this educational activity, the learner will be able to:

  1. Name two (2) goals of hospice organizations.
  2. Identify two (2) settings in which hospice care is provided.
  3. List the four (4) levels of hospice care.

Learning Outcome

At the completion of this educational activity, the learner will demonstrate knowledge about the philosophy of hospice care by passing a quiz with a score of 85% or greater accuracy.


Debbie Flippin, RN, MBA

Debbie has over 40 years of nursing experience specializing in end-of-life care, and chronic diseases.  She has developed and implemented disease management programs for patients with chronic and life limiting conditions.  Debbie has attained advanced education in hospice, palliative and end of life care through ELNEC (End of Life Nursing Education Consortium). Debbie has served in various positions within Home Health and Hospice, including case manager, team leader, Director of Professional Services, VP of Compliance and Regulation and Director of Accreditation. 
Debbie has worked in a variety of healthcare settings, including acute care, homecare and hospice offices, hospice inpatient unit, accreditation
program and pediatric oncology.  Debbie is currently a member of the NHPCO Education Committee.  Debbie is committed to educating clinicians in chronic and end-of-life care and patient advocacy.

Clinical Hospice: Overview - Healthcare Academy
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Clinical Hospice: Overview


Hospice encompasses is a program that provides physical, psychosocial and spiritual care for the terminally ill individual and their family through interdisciplinary team of professionals in home, inpatient settings, and nursing home settings.  Hospice care is a growing segment of the healthcare continuum. Hospice strives to ensure patient’s goals of care at end of life are met. Hospice is not a place of care, rather a philosophy of care, delivered by an interdisciplinary group of healthcare professionals. It is important for all nurses who provide care to individuals at the end-of-life to understand the concepts of hospice care should they be working with a hospice client.

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