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End-of-Life Care & Pain Management

Online, self-paced CE course

Serve patients through ethical, compassionate nursing.

Cost: US$30

CE Credit: 3.0 Contact Hours

Subscription Length: 3 weeks

Enroll Now: Go to NCSBN's Online Campus Now

Audience: This program is for every nurse (PN/VNs and RNs) in every practice setting at every level of practice.

Enhance life by providing dignified and compassionate care.

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Providing hospice and palliative care is an important, but often difficult, nursing function. With the appropriate knowledge, ushering clients through this sacred transition can be an incredible privilege. In this self-paced course, gain critical knowledge including:

  • What would suggest that someone is close to death?

  • How can I best assess and manage pain in my clients?

  • What are the most appropriate pain interventions?
  • What resources might I recommend to my clients, including hospice care?

For only $30, you will receive three weeks of unlimited, 24-hour unlimited access to the course materials, earning 3.0 contact hours.

Sign up today and contribute to quality end of life care.

Learn everything from hospice care to pain management.

Apply what you learn as you master these course objectives:

  • Describe the symptoms associated with end of life for the person with a chronic or terminal condition.
  • Describe the unique aspects of pain management associated with end of life.
  • Relate the importance of pain control to quality of life (or death).
  • Recommend most appropriate pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions for pain.
  • Recognize that pain management at end of life is an ethical and moral responsibility.
  • Implement a plan of care with pain assessment and management as integral components.

Embrace end-of-life care in a self-paced online classroom.

Experience the fun and interactivity of e-learning at its best as you:

  1. Learn by doing — Explore “Links to Knowledge,” visual and graphic aids, and key terms as you navigate through the course contents.

  2. Solidify your knowledge — Complete fun and interactive exercises, including multiple-choice and matching assessments.

  3. Reflect on what you learn — Complete short-answer and essay questions in the downloadable workbook. Note: Completion of the workbook may be necessary to meet board of nursing requirements. 

  4. Complete the course at your own pace — Guide yourself through the course and complete assignments at your convenience.

At the end of the course, evaluate your understanding of key concepts by completing the posttest. A score of 75% or above is required to receive your contact hours.

Sign up now – and come away with a renewed commitment to end-of-life nursing care!


Developed by: This course was developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

Author(s): Julia Aucoin, DNS, RN, BC

Background: Julia Aucoin, DNS, RN, BC has been working in nursing professional development for over twenty years.  As both an academic and a practice educator, she employs creative learning strategies, to make learning fun and make it stick.  Currently she is employed as an Assistant Professor of Nursing at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and is working with both undergraduate and graduate students.