Barbara Karnes End of Life Online Training Series

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Unlimited Use for One Care Professional for One Year

Access 6 essential End-of-Life Courses authored by hospice pioneer, Barbara Karnes.

Please note: this is a SINGLE SEAT that provides 5 hours of continuing education credit for one care professional.


An Essential Part of Your Training Program

Everyone who works in post-acute care comes face-to-face with the end of life. It’s unavoidable. Is your staff well-prepared to help your clients, patients, or residents during this sensitive time? By completing this important series, your entire team—both clinical and office staff—will benefit from the experiences, wisdom, and guidance Barbara shares. Equip all of your employees to provide compassionate end-of-life care and support to those you serve.

These courses are just one series in an expansive library of courses offered through our full-service learning management system to help you build an effective and efficient training program. With HCP Training, you get access to 500+ RN-developed courses with blended online and in-service training options—tailored to your state’s compliance requirements.

"Dying is not a physical event. It’s not a medical event. It’s an emotional, communal, and social event. You don’t have to have a medical degree to support a person who’s dying and/or their family. What you need is knowledge in the dying process.”

Barbara Karnes
End-of-Life Educator and Hospice Pioneer

Who is Barbara Karnes?

Barbara Karnes an award-winning nurse and end-of-life educator who won the NHPCO Hospice Innovator Award in 2018, and was the 2015 International Humanitarian Woman of the Year!

While at the bedside of hundreds of people during the dying process, hospice pioneer Barbara Karnes noticed that each death was following a near-identical script. Each person was going through the stages of death in almost the same manner, and most families came to her with similar questions. These realizations led Barbara to sit down and write Gone From My Sight, "The Little Blue Book" that changed the hospice industry.

End-of-Life Series Overview

Dynamics of Dying

Course Objectives:

  • The two ways to die and how personality plays a part in the dying process.
  • The basic timeline of the dying process.
  • The three key signs of approaching death that often appear in the months and weeks before death.
  • How to spot common changes in the labor pattern and assist clients accordingly in the hours and minutes before death.
  • How to recognize important considerations that often occur before death and respond in an empathetic way to comfort the client and his or her family.

Supporting Patient Choices and Directives at End-of-Life

Course Objectives:

  • To understand advance Care Plans at end-of-life (including Advance Directives, DNR, POLST, and Durable Medical Power of Attorney).
  • How to identify ways to support a client's end-of-life choices.
  • How to apply relevant laws and regulations.
  • How to identify ways to support the family during funeral planning.

Physical Care at End-of-Life

Course Objectives:

  • The relationship between changes in eating habits and the dying process.
  • The recommendations for nutrition as a person approaches the end of their life.
  • At least three ways to assist clients at end-of-life with skin care, positioning, mouth care, and bowel care.
  • The role of oxygen, intravenous fluid, and medications at end-of-life.

Communication Skills For End-of-Life Care

Course Objectives:

  • Respectful communication for end-of-life care.
  • Appropriate communication approaches to talk to children and their families when children approach the end of life.
  • Strategies to navigate the difficult conversations common to end-of-life care.

Supporting Faith at End-of-Life

Course Objectives:

  • To define "spirituality" and identify the basic beliefs of different religions that may be encountered in end-of-life care.
  • To recognize how having either faith or no faith may impact the end of life.
  • To understand the role in guiding people through their end-of-life experience and supporting their chosen beliefs.

Pain at End of Life

Course Objectives:

  • To recognize why pain management may become more difficult during the final period of dying.
  • To identify appropriate actions for helping to monitor and manage pain at end of life, including the care professional’s role in drug and non-drug strategies.


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