Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Massey Cancer Center

Advanced Palliative Care Nursing Externship

This is a week-long mentored immersion course with national faculty in a well-recognized palliative care program. It is targeted for novice A.P.R.N.s or A.P.R.N.s new to palliative care. This externship focuses on adult patients and their families.

A.P.R.N.s are part of the solution for access to palliative care in health care reform. However, many A.P.R.N.s have not had clinical training in palliative care. The goal of this project is to provide palliative education to A.P.R.N.s to have them bring palliative care to their community.

The course includes pain and symptom management in clinical practice, communication building, quality, program development and professional development.

There are only 12 externship spots, 6 participants in each cohort. The dates for the externship are listed below. The program is competitive. Selection into the program will be based on geography, entry level into practice, practice setting, and the applicant’s ability to describe their potential impact on his or her community, as well as numerous locations. Application process opens July 15 and closes August 25.

As this is grant funded, accepted applicants agree to maintain contact in order to evaluate this educational program. Course underwritten by The Y.C. Ho/Helen & Michael Chiang Foundation in New York. 

Constance Dahlin, A.N.P.-B.C., A.C.H.P.N, F.P.C.N., F.A.A.N.
Patrick Coyne M.S.N., A.C.H.P.N., F.A.A.N., F.P.C.N.

Ms. C.J. James
(804) 828-3998

Virginia Commonwealth University
Palliative Care Program
Richmond, Virginia

October 27-31, 2014
December 8-12, 2014

$250 Non-refundable Deposit for Educational Products which include Scope and Standards of Palliative Nursing, HPNA Competencies for the Hospice and Palliative A.P.R.N. and the HPNA Compendium Book. Participants are responsible for room, board and transportation. Costs of tuition and other educational materials are not covered by the non-refundable deposit, but are included and made possible by The Y.C. Ho/Helen & Michael Chiang Foundation. 

-- Materials/resources
-- CEs*
-- Lunches during the course

Preference will be given to A.P.R.N.s practicing in rural or community areas. 

*CEUs 36 CEs with 6 pharmacology CEs. Attendance is mandatory. No partial CEs. 

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