Death Communication: What We've Failed to Teach
- Upon conclusion of this course, students will be able to:
- Understand the state of current education as it relates to death and grieving;
- List five practices EMS providers can implement to alleviate family suffering;
- Describe how occupational resilience is essential to effective EMS work;
- Learn what terms to avoid when communicating with those who are grieving.
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6. Toronto CE, LaRocco SA. Family perception of and experience with family presence during cardiopulmonary resuscitation: An integrative review. J Clin Nurs, 2019 Jan; 28(1–2): 32–46.
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After passing the course, your certificate will be available for download here.