Managing End-of-life Symptoms

Yvonne D’Arcy, MS, CRNP, CNS



Nurses frequently care for patients at end of life. One of the challenges is managing end of life symptoms such as dyspnea and pain. For patients nearing death, relieving distressing symptoms is perhaps the most valuable contribution you can make.

Purpose/Goal: To provide nurses with the information they need to better manage end-of-life symptoms.


1. Identify indications for palliative care.
2. Discuss management of end-of-life (EOL) symptoms, such as pain, delirium, dyspnea, and nutritional problems.
3. Describe how to educate and support EOL patients and families.


Yvonne D’Arcy, MS, CRNP, CNS, has been a pain management specialist for about 16 years and her practice has always centered on prescribing pain medication safely and educating nurses on how to use the medications for the best outcomes, in a safe manner. Yvonne has published seven books on pain management with one on safe prescribing for nurse practitioners. She has written about 100 articles on pain management and related issues. Yvonne is recognized as a pain management expert nationally and is often consulted for pain management questions and problems. This presentation can provide information that will give the nurse more confidence when opioids are prescribed for patients. As part of Yvonnes's palliative care practice she educates nurses about end of life care for apteitns and offers suggestions on communicating with patients and families who are dealing with end of life issues.

The planners and author of this CNE activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this CNE.

Contact Hours: 1.6

Expiration Date: 12/31/2015

Pharmacology Hours: 1.3


Member Price: $15.00
Non-Member Price: $20.00

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