Monday, January 26, 2015          
End of Life Geriatric Resources

Please scroll down for a complete list of the Geriatric Resources available!




·        Hospice and Palliative Interactive Learning Resource: Generalist Nurse

This resource is an interactive activity for nurses desiring to increase their knowledge of hospice and palliative care. Utilizing an outline framework, this tool is a resource of the essential information of hospice and palliative nursing. The outline includes life-limiting conditions, pain and symptom management, care of patient and family, education and advocacy, interdisciplinary/collaborative practice, and professional issues. 


The Resource's interactive design allows the user to navigate through the program in a manner that best fits their needs. A nurse new to palliative care can start at the beginning and work their way through the activity using links to references and resources for more in depth study. An experienced nurse can take advantage of the bookmarks and search features to do directly to the area of interest. Links are also provided to HPNA Patient/Family Teaching Sheets, TIPS Sheets for Nursing Assistants and other HPNA resources.


·            Core Curriculum for the Generalist Hospice and Palliative Nurse

This text is intended not only for hospice and palliative nurses but also for nurses in other practice settings. The information and resources in this curriculum can be of benefit to any nurse whose clients have a life-limiting progressive illness. 

The curriculum includes an expanded end-of-life content with additional chapters on pediatric end of life care, on the challenges of providing palliative care for patients who are in more traditional settings and on economic issues and trends in the field.


 ·         Core Curriculum for the Licensed Practical/Vocational Hospice and Palliative Nurse

This text is intended not only for hospice and palliative licensed practical/vocational nurses but also for nurses in other practice settings. The information and resources in this curriculum can be of benefit to any LP/VN whose clients have a life-limiting progressive illness. The curriculum includes end-of-life content with chapters on patterns of disease progression, pain management, symptom management, and communication.


·          Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistant Core Curriculum

The purpose of this text is to recognize nursing assistants’ central role in palliative care and to ensure adequate preparation and educational support for their work. This first edition has been carefully developed and written by experts in hospice and palliative care, long-term care and nursing assistant education. We included authors and reviewers from a wide range of backgrounds to ensure that we covered content and concepts that are important to nursing assistants working in any clinical setting.


·          Compendium of Treatment of End Stage Non-Cancer Diagnoses

The Compendium is a series of seven books designed to serve a resource in constructing an appropriate plan of care for individuals and their families experiencing these diseases. These modules examine the incidence of each disease process, the pathophysiology of the illness, appropriate assessment techniques, and treatments as the disease progresses. The modules further define the psycho-social implications. The modules specifically question the potential ethical, economic and research implications as related to each specific disease process. 

·       Hepatic

·       Renal

·       Heart Failure

·       Pulmonary

·       Dementia 

·       Neurological

·       HIV/AIDS 


 ·          Symptom Management Algorithms: A Handbook for Palliative Care

The goal of this publication is to provide a resource that allows healthcare professionals to deliver consistent, timely care to patients with a life limiting disease and any patient who may benefit from palliative medications or palliative interventions. A symptom management algorithm includes assessment, guidelines, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment and also includes the inter-disciplinary team.


·          Conversations in Palliative Care

This text, presented in a Question and Answer format, is a comprehensive resource built upon a foundation of the basics of defining palliative care and hospice, communicating with patients and families and with other professionals, spiritual care, bereavement and more. Nurses who are not familiar with the field of palliative care will find this text a helpful orientation tool to key principles for application to families and patients in care settings such as emergency rooms, intensive care units, general medical areas and long-term care facilities. To those who work in the area of hospice and/or palliative care, this book offers unique features including topics such as nutrition, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. In addition, the “how to” sections of the text discuss starting a palliative care program.


·       Hospice and Palliative Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice

This fourth edition continues to articulate the scope and standards for professional nursing practice in the specialty of hospice and palliative nursing. The Scope and Standards informs society about the parameters of nursing practice and guides the formulation of rules and regulations that determine hospice and palliative nursing practice. The care of older adults has been integrated into this edition along with care for all persons across the life span.




Each month HPNA produces webinars for hospice and palliative nurses and nursing assistants. Many of the topics deal with the geriatric population.   Geriatric web courses available 24/7 via E-Learning. The online programs allows for access to up-to-date, convenient, self-paced learning with real-time test grading and printing of your contact hour certificate. Continuing nursing education contact hours are awarded to the programs. 

Link here for the complete listing of E-Learning webinar courses and further information. 



HPNA Approved Educators are nurse educators who have completed the HPNA Approved Educators Workshop that prepares them to teach hospice and palliative content. Each workshop includes clinical practice review as well as instructions on how to present and teach the material. Each Approved Educator has the teaching plan, slides, and other resources to present the material.
HPNA Approved Educators are available to educate nurses and nursing assistants in a variety of ways: conduct orientation for employees new to hospice and palliative care, conduct review courses to begin the preparation for a certification exam, and/or provide presentations on updated hospice and palliative clinical practice for nurse and/or nursing assistant continuing education.

For more information on the HPNA Approved Educator program link here.


HPNA has developed Patient/Family Teaching Sheets that are specifically designed to aid nurses in teaching patients and families about a variety of end-of-life topics. Many available in Spanish and Chinese in addition to English. Some topics include:


·       Assisting Families to Manage Fatigue (En español) (in chinese)


·        Dementia (En español) (in chinese)


·        Final Days   (En español) (in chinese)


·       Food and Fluid Issues   (En español) (in chinese)


·       Grief and Mourning (En español) (in chinese)


·       Hospice Care in a Nursing Home (En español)


·       How to Prepare for Potential Bleeding (En español) (in chinese)


·       Managing Fatigue   (En español) 


·        Managing Shortness of Breath  (En español) (in chinese)


·       Respecting Cultural Beliefs (En español)


·       Seizures (En español) (in chinese)


·       Self-care for the Caregiver (En español) (in chinese)


·       Skin Care (En español) (in chinese)



Members of HPNA can network with other geriatric nurses via an online Discussion Board in the Members Only section of  



The Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing (JHPN) is HPNA’s official journal and is a member benefit. The journal frequently contains many articles related to the care of the elderly. Archived articles can be searched at


HPNA members can access both current and archived issues for free in the Members Only section of this website.




Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA):