End of Life (EoL) Care is provided in hospitals at the community and other healthcare settings. Professionals who work within healthcare settings will encounter patients who are nearing EoL and require specialised care. This unit will specifically draw upon current policy and essential skills which are clinically relevant for all nurses working with palliative care patients at EoL. The unit will examine the epidemiology of death and dying and the issues that surround EoL care and dying in a variety of healthcare contexts. It will also describe how to recognise when a patient is approaching the end of life and then begin conversations with patients, families and other professionals in relation to this process including advance care planning. The unit will address therapeutic communication skills, cultural safety, interprofessional practice and grief and bereavement with EoL.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse the current trends and patterns to dying relevant to EoL Care;  
  2. Critically reflect on when and how to use frameworks and tools to recognise EoL;  
  3. Critically analyse the use of communication capabilities in EoL care, how to improve these and understand when to consult with other health care professionals;  
  4. Analyse and modify models of multidisciplinary end of life goals of care relevant to their own practice setting; and  
  5. Recognise common emotionally charged and challenging situations in the family of patients within EoL care and formulate relevant responses.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Recognising EoL (500 words) 10%
Case Study The epidemiology of death and dying in EoL care with different demographics of patients (2500 words) 50%
Essay Emotionally charged and challenging situations within EoL care (2000 words) 40%

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