The Connection Issue 59: Palliative Care

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Purpose Statement

The purpose of this activity is to provide more information about new medications for heart failure patients, what not to give, polypharmacy, and algorithms to titrate.

Enduring Education Activity
Expiration Date: May 2021
.72 Contact Hours ANCC
Member Price: Free
Non-Member Price $10.00

Learner Outcomes

  • Review the Heart Rhythm Society guidelines for the management of cardiac implantable electronic devices in patients nearing end of life or requesting withdrawal of therapy.
  • Discuss the process of cardiac implantable electronic device deactivation.
  • Identify factors to consider, triggers to identify and benefits associated with referral to palliative care.
  • Review eligibility criteria for heart failure patients for hospice care.
  • Review the National Consensus Project Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care as they pertain to heart failure.
  • Discuss early integration of palliative care.  Examine the role of the palliative care team in heart failure management.
  • Discuss barriers to and opportunities for palliative care referrals.

Planning Committee

Dr. Deborah Dillon, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, CCRN, CHFN

Planning committee members have no real or perceived conflicts of interest that relate to this activity.


Dr. Deborah Dillon, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, CCRN, CHFN

Dr. Molly Jackson, DNP, RN, APRN, A-GNP-C, ACHPN

Dr. Alexander Wolf, DNP, RN, APRN

Clareen Wiencek, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, ACHPN

Faculty members have no real or perceived conflicts of interest that relate to this activity.

ANCC Accreditation Statement

This activity is provided by the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN).

The American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


Learners are advised that accredited status does not imply endorsement by the provider or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with an activity.

Commercial Support

There is no commercial support for this activity.

Requirement for successful completion

Read the issue in its entirety and the accreditation information below; the articles that have the education logo next to it are part of the enduring educational activity The Connection Issue 59 Topic: Palliative Care. Access the post test, successfully pass it with a minimal score of 70% and submit an evaluation and receive a certificate of completion. Participants who successfully complete this activity in its entirety will be awarded .72 contact hour.