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Chad Baldwin
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Online End-of-Life Series Offered to Wyoming Health Care Professionals


February 19, 2014 — The Wyoming Geriatric Education Center (WyGEC) at the University of Wyoming and the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center host a weekly end-of-life care webinar series March 18 through May 6.

This webinar series features nationally recognized end-of-life nursing education consortium (ELNEC) curriculum. The evidence based curriculum has never been offered online, so the  webinar series provides a unique educational opportunity for health care professionals in Wyoming. Topics include palliative care; symptom and pain management; ethical issues and cultural considerations at the end of life; communication; and grief/loss.

For more information and to register for the end-of-life care webinar series, visit the website at www.uwyo.edu/geriatrics. The program is each Tuesday from 5-6:30 p.m. Cost is $25 before Thursday, March 3, and $10 more after that date. Student registration is $15.

“This is truly a novel way for anyone interested to enhance knowledge of end-of-life care,” says Christine McKibbin, WyGEC director. “They can receive an interactive training, which, to this point, has exclusively been offered face to face, from the convenience of their computer.”

Webinar series members are certified ELNEC trainers who practice end-of-life nursing in Wyoming. The course was originally designed for nurses, but is now geared toward an interdisciplinary audience including physicians, pharmacists, social workers, case managers, counselors, therapists, chaplains, certified nursing aides, and anyone who helps support individuals at the end of life, McKibbin says.

Nurses will receive national ELNEC contact hours, and all other disciplines will receive a certificate of attendance to use for professional continuing education credit requirements.

WyGEC offers training to faculty, students and providers in the health professions to meet the unique health care needs of older adults in Wyoming. The center offers a variety of live and online trainings on geriatric health care topics throughout the year.

For more information, contact McKibbin at (307) 766-2943 or email cmckibbi@uwyo.edu.

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