2023 Team Conference: Session & Faculty Information

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HPNA, SWHPN, and Transforming Chaplaincy invite you to the 2nd annual Team Conference for Hospice & Palliative Care. This 1-day virtual event will take place on Friday, September 29 and aims to bring the interdisciplinary hospice and palliative care team together to explore best practices that enhance the specialty and improve patient and caregiver outcomes.

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Sessions & Faculty

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C01 – Enhancing the Power of Word Choice and Language in Palliative Care – It Takes a Team?
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. ET
Terry Altilio, LCSW, APHSW-C; Christine Hallman, DNP, APRN, ACHPN®, NP-C

Communication is a foundational principal in palliative care. Attention to word choice and awareness of the consequences that word choice, whether verbal or written, can have on the patient’s illness trajectory, is essential in fostering a therapeutic relationship and mitigating biases. Through sample clinical notes and narratives, this presentation will use evolving research prompted by open notes and pervasive inequities to explore attributed meanings underlying words and phrases commonly used in healthcare and specifically in palliative care and consider their unintended consequences to patients and families. Authenticity and focus on language is a shared ethical responsibility amongst the care team.

C02 – Healing-Centered Engagement in Palliative Care: Improving the Quality of Palliative Care Through Trauma-Informed Practice
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. ET
L. Emily Cotter, MD, MPH; Jeanna Ford, DNP, ACNS-BC; Rev. AO Ferguson, Mdiv; Suzanne Stern-Brant, LCSSW

Trauma is common and can greatly influence personal experiences living with serious illness or at end of life. Trauma-informed care is an approach to clinical practice that fosters safety, enhances trust, promotes empowerment, and avoids re-traumatization. Interdisciplinary palliative care teams are uniquely poised to practice high quality trauma-informed palliative care. In this presentation we will share specific skills that can be implemented by interdisciplinary palliative care team members to provide high quality trauma-informed palliative care.

C03 – A Pilot Program for IMproving PAlliative Care: Teamwork in the ICU – InterProfessional Education: IMPACT-IPE
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET
Michelle Milic, MD, FCCP; Janet Jumper, ACNP-C; Elizabeth Griswold, LCSW; Rev. Tarra Taylor

The foundational premise of Improving Palliative Care Teamwork in the ICU- Interprofessional Education (IMPACT-IPE) is that patients and families are at the core of ICU care, surrounded by layered spheres of social connections that constitute the ICU as a system of care. The primary goal of IMPACT-IPE is to develop all team members’ comprehensive palliative care skills, build trust in each other and the system of care, and gradually change the culture of the ICU and its practitioners to become empowered and respected members of a cohesive interprofessional team to care for patients and families in a culturally respectful way.

C04 – Acknowledging the Sins of the Past: The Importance of Anti-Racist Engagement in Hospice and Palliative Care
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET
Anne Kelemen, LICSW, APHSW-C; Arika Patneaude, SW; Michelle Webb, CNP, RN, CHPCA®

This session will encourage us to move beyond the often well intended and sometimes performative nature of DEI work and discuss what it truly means to engage in anti-racism work in hospice and palliative care. It will address historical patterns of systemic racism and oppression thought hospice and palliative care with a call to action to move forward.

C05 – Integrating Palliative Care Within Home Health Care: Assessing Knowledge, Attitudes, and Confidence Among Clinicians, Patients, and Caregivers
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET
Jung “Chloe” A Kang, APRN; Komal Patel Murali, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC

Several questionnaires exist that measure palliative care-related knowledge, attitudes, and confidence (PC-KAC). However, none have been developed for and tested in the home health care (HHC) setting. Here, we describe the development and testing of our PC-KAC questionnaires for U.S. HHC clinicians, patients, and caregivers. Through a rigorous process, we developed the first HHC setting-specific questionnaires assessing palliative care knowledge, attitudes and confidence in a U.S. audience with questions representing all eight domains from the NCP guidelines. Broader dissemination of the questionnaires will help identify gaps in PC-KAC, thus revealing areas for education and training for clinicians, patients and caregivers.

C06 – Early Palliative Care Engagement by Screening Implemented by the Emergency Department’s Care Coordination Team – A Pilot Program
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET
Balakrishna Vemula, MD; Razeen Karim; Tina Vest

Screening programs for palliative care in the emergency department have focused on either manual screening that is limited by staffing constraints or clinical decision support that is limited by data elements extracted from the electronic health record. Our novel two-step protocol utilizes both methods, thereby leveraging the benefits of each. We demonstrated feasible implementation, with appropriately increasing numbers of palliative consultations without staffing constraints.

C07 – A Dual-Discipline Virtual Outpatient Clinic for Patients with Advanced Heart Failure
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. ET
Tara Orgon Stamper, DNP, CRNP; Rachel Evans Park, LSW, MSW

At an academic hospital, an outpatient palliative medicine program caring for patients with advanced heart failure has a doctoral-prepared nurse and licensed social worker provide joint visits to patients. This unique approach to each patient visit provides patients with holistic care at each appointment; meeting the needs of these complex patients with an unpredictable trajectory.

C08 – Unlocking Compassion Satisfaction Through the Eat Pray Love Tour
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. ET
Donna Fahey, MSN, MFA, RN, AHN-BC, CHPN®, CNL; Joan Ordille, DSW, LCSW; Kimberly Rumaker, MSS, LCSW

This program approaches the healthcare burnout pandemic with a joyful twist. Infused with a revitalizing spirit of fun and adventure, this interactive program helps participants reclaim Joy. Framing the experience with coaching strategies, participants acknowledge their personal power, and sense greater ownership and control over their well-being and happiness. Effective strategies that address stress and support self-care are modeled with the intent to be shared with both peers and clients. ​