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Palliative Care Nursing

Palliative Care Nursing > Spring 2014

Spring 2014 Course Schedule

Friday, May 9

8-8:30 a.m. Introduction to ELNEC Pat Keene, DNP, ACNP-BC, ACHPN
8:30-9:30 Introduction to palliative care Laurie Bagwell, DNP, FNP-BC
9:30-10:30 Communication Donna Sachse, PhD, RN, FCN
10:30-10:45 BREAK
10:45-11:15 Advance Care Plans Jeri Ashley, AOCNS, CHPN
11:15-12:30 p.m. LUNCH with video "Aging Matters" and discussion Pat Keene, DNP, ACNP-BC, ACHPN
12:30-2:30 Pain Jeri Ashley, AOCNS, CHPN
2:45-3:45 Ethics Reverend George Cespedes, MD
3:45-4 BREAK
4-5 Palliative Wound Care Pat Bader, FNP-BC, DNP(c)
5-5:30 Q and A Pat Keene, DNP, ACNP-BC, ACHPN

Saturday, May 10

8:15-10:15 a.m. Symptom management Pat Keene DNP, ACNP-BC, ACHPN
10:30-11:30 Final hours Pat Keene, DNP, ACNP-BC, ACHPN
11:45-12:30 p.m. LUNCH with video "Angola" and discussion Pat Keene, DNP, ACNP-BC, ACHPN
12:30-1:30 Grief and Bereavement Angela Hamblin, LCSW
1:30-2:30 Education Connie Cupples, PhD, RN
2:45-3:45 Setting up a PC program Pat Bader, FNP, DNP(c)
3:45-4:15 Q and A Pat Keene, DNP, ACNP-BC, ACHPN
Jeri Ashley, AOCNS, CHPN
Pat Bader, FNP, DNP(c)


  • Jeri Ashley, RN, AOCNS, CHPN is certified as an Advanced Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AOCNS) through the Oncology Nursing Society and a Certified Hospice Palliative Nurse (CHPN) through the Hospice and Palliative Nurse Association. She has authored a chapter on hematologic laboratory tests in the book Addison-Wesley's Guide to Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests as well as contributed a chapter to More Instant Teaching Tools for Healthcare Educators. At present, she works as the System Director for Life Planning and Palliative Medicine Services.
  • Pat Bader, FNP-BC ANP DNP(c) has a practice in the long term setting. She has a post master's certificate in palliative care from Vanderbilt University. She will complete her DNP in May, 2014. As part of her practice, she has developed a palliative program in the the long term care setting.
  • Laurie Bagwell, DNP, FNP is a Family Practice nurse practictioner who has practiced in the area of end of life care at a local hospice. She currently is on faculty at Union University and has a clinical practice seeing primarily adults in an acute care psychiatric setting.
  • Fr. George Cespedes, MD has completed undergraduate studies in Philosophy. He received his MD degree from Del Valley University, Bolivia. He has a Masters in Divinity from University Holy Cross in Rome, Italy. He completed the Licentiate studies in Moral Theology and Bioethics at the University of the Holy Cross in Rome, Italy. He has received academic training in Medical Ethics and Bioethics while in Medical school.
  • Connie Cupples, PhD, RN has a Master of Science degree in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership, a Master of Science Degree in Nursing Education, a PhD in nursing and 35 years of nursing education experience. The module being presented on education emphasizes the "essential multidimensional aspect of education in palliative care" .
  • Angela Hamblen, L.C.S.W. is the Director of the Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Grief. She is a licensed clinical social worker trained specifically in the field of death and dying. She developed and directs the three Camp Good Grief programs offered to children, teens and adults who are grieving the death of a loved one. She is a recipient of several community awards, including: Top 40 Under 40, Health Care Hero Finalist, An Angel in Our Midst, and 50 Women Who Make A Difference. Angela also authored, "What's So Good About Grief, Anyway?", a children's grief book.
  • Patricia R. Keene, DNP, ACNP-BC, ACHPN is an advanced practice nurse in Acute Care. She is also certified as an advanced practice nurse in hospice and palliative care. She sees patients in the home care setting and at the Baptist Trinity Hospice House. She is certified as an ELNEC trainer.
  • Donna Sachse, PhD, RN, FCN has served as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist for a large metropolitan hsopital. She provided brief individual psychotherapy, crisis, intervention, worked as a liason between the resusitation team and loved ones, led support groups for families and patients in the critical care unit and for the nursing staff and provided breavement support for individuals and their families. She has taught communication skills in workshops and for schools of nursing since 1983. She also a Faith Community Nurse (Parish Nurse) and is a lead educator for that course.

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