Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
GRN 131
Course Title:
Hospice Basics
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Course Description

Provides an introduction to hospice and hospice care, including the hospice philosophy, palliative care, pain and symptom management, death and the dying process, grief and bereavement. Also addresses hospice eligibility, ethics and confidentiality, interdisciplinary team roles, communication, advanced directives, care-giving issues, self-care, and alternative therapies.

Addendum to Course Description

Covers topics addressed in hospice volunteer training. Students providing a training certificate or confirmation letter from a qualified
hospice trainer may apply for Non-Traditional Credit.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
1. Meet the basic skills and knowledge requirements for a volunteer position with a hospice facility or service in care and bereavement support roles;
2. Perform a supportive role in a hospice care team within a hospital, facility or home environment, in accordance with hospice and personcentered
care standards.

Course Activities and Design

• Lecture, discussion, and readings on key concepts, issues, and skills
• Role-play, communication skill-building, and scenario practice

Outcome Assessment Strategies

1) Objective tests on basic concepts and issues
2) Role-play, script practice, and situational problem-solving

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

The course content parallels the topical issues addressed in hospice volunteer training, including the following:
• Hospice history and philosophy
• Hospice eligibility
• Interdisciplinary hospice team roles
• Ethics and confidentiality
• Effective communication within the hospice team, and with hospice patient and family
• Caregiving and coordination among caregivers
• Self-care for hospice workers and caregivers
• Psychosocial aspects of life-threatening illness
• Pain and symptom management
• Infection control
• Advanced directives
• Death and the dying process
• Loss, grief, and bereavement
• Alternative therapies