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Hospice Nurses 101 Seminar

Date & Time

August 27

Event Location


MHPCA Office
627 W McCarty Street, Suite 202
Jefferson City, MO 65101 United States
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Event Details

August 27, 2021
MHPCA Office or Zoom

Jointly Accredited Provider - Interprofessional Continuing Education


**This educational activity is joint provided by AXIS Medical Education and Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association.**


Robin Carnett, RN, BSN, CHPN – Robin began her nursing career in inpatient oncology/neurology, then made her transition to hospice 24 years ago.  She has past experience as a hospice case manager, clinical supervisor, and for the last 22 years has served as the Director of Professional Services for Heartland Hospice in St. Louis.  As of 2019, she now serves as the Senior Director of Professional Services for Heartland Hospice’s locations in St. Louis, Wentzville, and Washington.  Robin has provided telephone and on-site consultation for other Heartland Hospice directors and has traveled the country providing education to hospice directors, administrators, and marketing professionals.  She has been a certified nurse in hospice since 1998 and has been providing training for the CHPN exam since 2004.  Robin has also served on the board of the Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association for five terms and is a Past President of both MHPCA and GSLHO.

Kassie Hodge, MSN, RN -Kassie has been a nurse since 2008. She started as many nurses on the floor but quickly found her passion to be palliative care and the care of the dying patient. In 2012, she received her Master’s degree in Nursing education. At the time, Kassie taught LPN school and did that for about 4 years when she needed to go back to her calling of patient care. It wasn’t long that she started doing Hospice and she has been doing it almost 5 years. In the time she has been with her organization she has quickly went from a case manager building a census of 3 in the area to as high as 24 but no less than maintaining 16, to being the supervising nurse, to associate director and now director. On top of Kassie’s passion for people and their quality of life, she always finds time to spend time with her husband of almost 18 years, her son, Chase, who is 17 and a senior in high school and her daughters, one is 15 and a sophomore in high school and the other is 11 and in the 6th grade. They are very active in their school activities as well as their father, as he is their High School principal. If Kassie has anytime to her self (which is rare), she truly enjoys learning, reading, spending time golfing, running and hanging out with friends.

Colleen Gilmore, RN, MSN, ANP-BC – Colleen has 34 years of experience as a registered nurse with the last nine as a Nurse Practitioner after obtaining a Master’s in Science from the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College. She has practiced hospice and palliative medicine for over 20 years with an additional 10 years of oncology experience. She has taken care of thousands of hospices and palliative medicine patients and has presented nationally at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Hamish Seegers, APBCC-HPC, MAR, MAML, M. Div. , Chaplain – Hamish works as a professional Chaplain with BJC Home Health and Hospice.  Hamish also serves as a Hospice educator in the Missouri Correctional Facilities teaching offenders how to provide hospice care to other offenders in need.  He received his B.A. in Religion as well as a Masters in Religion from Olivet Nazarene University, a Master’s in Missional Leadership from Northwest Nazarene University, a Masters of Divinity in Chaplaincy from Olivet Nazarene University, Four Units of CPE from Rush University, and a Palliative Care Specialty Certificate from California State University.  Hamish achieved a specialized Advanced Practice Board Certified Chaplain in Hospice and Palliative Care from the Spiritual Care Association.  The Spiritual Care Association (SCA) is the first multidisciplinary, international professional membership association for spiritual care providers that establishes evidence-based quality indicators, scope of practice, and a knowledge base for spiritual care. Hamish has a vast experience, leadership, and wisdom in working with people, team development, and administration.  Hamish works alongside others supporting those in need throughout his career as a chaplain and bereavement specialist.  Hamish is an Ordained Elder and Ecclesiastical Endorsement with the Church of the Nazarene and in process of becoming an Air Force Chaplain Reservist.  He resides in St. Charles with his wife and two children.

Val Criswell, MSW – Val worked making a difference in the lives of children as a teacher but then decided to embarked on a secondary career path…Social Work. This led her to hospice. Val Criswell has been a social worker with Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care since 2007. She spent many years on the front lines serving patients, family members and the community. Currently, as Support Services Director, Val oversees the work of 4 departments within Support Services. Val dedicated her professional life to be an end-of-life rights advocate, a champion for access to care and a compassionate leader to her team members now and on the front lines. One of Val’s major accomplishments has been as a member of the MHPCA Hospice Prison Committee. She has been a part of this initiative since 2012 at its inception. In addition to Val offering her social work experience on program development she personally has become an outspoken support for the rights of those dying incarcerated and the need for supportive care. She has heard firsthand testimony from offenders who go through this training and car for the dying. In addition to allowing an offender to die with dignity it allowed another offender to serve as caregiving, changing their life too. Each time Val helps facilitate training to a group of offenders, the pride in the committee and program shine through in her.

Schedule & Objectives:

7:30am – 8:00am – Registration

8:00 am-10:00am – Team Approach & Care Coordination – Robin Carnett, RN, BSN, CHPN

  • Identify the team function of the interdisciplinary group.
  • Discuss the teams role in working with patients and families.
  • Identify qualities of high-functioning team members.
  • Provide structure for delivery of care.
  • Describe care planning regulatory guidelines.
  • Describe contractual requirements.
  • Explain need for coordination.

10:00am-12:00pm – Case Management – Kassie Hodge, MSN, RN

  • Review the admission criteria for hospice
  • Describe the four levels of Hospice Care
  • Describe the role of the RN Case Manager
  • Identify the other disciplines that are involved with Hospice and know their role
  • Describe the purpose of the IDG and why they meet weekly
  • Explain how to properly document against decline
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of the dying process
  • Identify ways to deal with difficult patients and families/Non-compliance

12:00pm-12:30pm – Lunch

12:30pm-3:30pm  – Pain & Symptom Mgmt./Compounding – Colleen Gilmore, RN, MSN, ANP-BC

  • Identify most common symptoms of patients at the end-of-life.
  • Apply key hospice regulations in care and services provided to hospice patients.
  • Review definitions and etiologies of common symptoms in end-of-life care.
  • Outline pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions for common symptoms of end-of-life care.

3:30pm-5:00pm – Boundaries/Psychosocial/Spiritual/Ethics – Hamish Seegers, APBCC-HPC, MAR, MAML, M. Div. , Chaplain & Val Criswell, MSW

  • Identify roles and responsibilities of the Chaplain and Social Worker as team members.
  • Identify interventions used by the Social Worker and Chaplain.
  • Identify issues that arise during end-of-life, including ethical dilemmas.
  • Identify self-care and maintaining appropriate boundaries.

Webinar Information:

The cost for this seminar is $200.00 for members & $250.00 for non-members.
No late fee! There will be a 40 seat limit.
There are no refunds, however substitutions are welcome.
Lunch is provided with this seminar.
This seminar provides 8.5 Nursing Contact hours.
Nurse CE’s will be an extra $25.00.

MHPCA has obtained a special room rate for our participants at the Courtyard by Marriot, 610 Bolivar St Jefferson City, Missouri 65101. Please use the link below to reserve your room or call (573) 761-1400 and mention you would like the Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association rate. Link: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1624902529771&key=CORP&app=resvlink

Nurse CE Information:

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by AXIS Medical Education and Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association. AXIS Medical Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation for Nursing: AXIS Medical Education designates this continuing nursing education activity for 8.5 contact hours. 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.

For information about the accreditation of this program please contact AXIS at info@axismeded.org.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest: AXIS Medical Education requires faculty, instructors, authors, planners, directors, managers, reviewers and other individuals who are in a position to control the   content of this activity to disclose all real or apparent conflicts of interest they may have with ineligible companies. An ineligible entity is any organization whose primary business is  producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. All relevant conflicts of interest are identified and mitigated prior to initiation of the planning phase for an activity.

AXIS has mitigated and disclosed to learners all relevant conflicts of interest disclosed by  staff, planners, faculty/authors, peer reviewers, or others in control of content for this activity. Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation but is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation or activity. Disclosure information for faculty, authors, course directors, planners, peer reviewers, and/or relevant staff is provided with this activity.

The faculty, Robin Carnett, RN, BSN, CHPN , Kassie Hodge, MSN, RN, Colleen Gilmore, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, Hamish Seegers, APBCC-HPC, MAR, MAML, M. Div., Chaplain & Val Criswell, MSW reported no relationships or relationships they have with ineligible companies of any amount during the past 24 months. The planners, managers, and reviewers Colleen Gilmore RN, MSN, ANP-BC, Crystal Ramsey, Dee Morgillo, M.Ed., MT(ASCP), CHCP, and Holly Hampe, D.Sc., RN, MHA, MRM reported no relationships or relationships they have with ineligible companies of any amount during the past 24 months.

Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information   presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management.  Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this  activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s  product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Each attendee will be required to Attend/participate in the educational activity and review all course materials. Complete the CE Declaration form online by 11:59 pm ET  September 27, 2021 Instructions will be provided. If you do not enter the online portal by the above date, you will not be able to retrieve your statement of participation. Upon successful completion of the online form, your statement of completion will be presented to you to print.

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