Everyday and Exceptional: Palliative and End-of-Life Care in Undergraduate Nursing Education

PEOLC-Cover-EN-233x300Palliative and end-of-life care (PEOLC) is a richly satisfying and challenging area of undergraduate nursing education. PEOLC encompasses the everyday work of nurses within an immensely nuanced, family-focused, and team-based approach to healthcare. How do and how might nurse educators prepare undergraduate nursing students for engaging in this area of nursing practice? We invite you to join the co-facilitators of this three-week webinar, to share experiences, insights, and questions regarding the complexities of undergraduate nursing education in PEOLC.

Course Description:

This three-week expert series encompasses a variety of topics relevant to PEOLC undergraduate nursing education, including the principles of care; the contributions of nursing; care planning with an emphasis on a team approach that includes family caregivers; consideration of human experiences; and an overview of resources, services, and settings. The philosophical framework for this series is inspired by the human becoming school of thought (Parse, 2014), within which human experience is understood as paradoxical. While drawing on contemplative pedagogy and exploring aspects of the CASN PEOLC Entry-to-Practice Competencies and Indicators for Registered Nurses, the co-facilitators invite participants to share experiences, insights, and questions to develop new understandings about how to prepare student nurses for PEOL caregiving in a variety of settings.

Course completion requirements include:

Participation in three, 1.5 hour live webinars, completion of assigned readings and participation in a discussion forum.

Please note: participation in all live webinars is a course requirement.

A CASN Certificate of Successful Completion will be granted to participants who successfully fulfill the course requirements for the CASN PEOLC Expert Series.


This course is designed for undergraduate nurse educators in any setting who want to share their ideas and experiences about PEOLC education with interested others, who are new to PEOLC education, or want a refresher.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Review and critique frameworks or models useful for conceptualizing undergraduate PEOLC nursing education.
  2. Develop teaching-learning strategies to enhance delivery of undergraduate PEOLC nursing education.
  3. Share and summarize resources and learning activities relevant to developing competency in PEOLC nursing.

Course Delivery:

Online (Adobe Connect with Moodle);

Three, 1.5 hour live webinars, assigned readings and discussion forum participation.
Please note: participation in all live webinars is a course requirement.

One week prior to each webinar, participants will be provided with a reading to review and questions to ponder in preparation for that session’s presentation and discussion. These readings and questions may also be useful as resources for undergraduate nursing education in PEOLC. Participants are also invited to share examples of resources and learning activities they have found useful in teaching nursing students about PEOLC.

Additional readings and other resources will be posted on the Moodle site for use by participants.


Online (Adobe Connect with Moodle)


June 9, 16, and 23
18:00-19:30 EST

About the Course Instructors

Holly Richardson:

Drawing on years of clinical experience caring for families of children with cancer, Dr. Holly Richardson has recognized the need for quality palliative and end-of-life care (PEOLC) nursing education. Research interests include spiritual health, meaning-making among children with life threatening and life limiting illnesses, and PEOLC education. As an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University’s School of Nursing Holly has over a decade of scholarship and teaching experience in the area of PEOLC. She has worked collaboratively with CASN member colleagues across the country to advance PEOLC education since 2001 and was also involved in the development of the CASN PEOLC Entry-to-Practice Competencies and Indicators for Registered Nurses. Holly is a co-chair of the CASN PEOLC Education Interest Group and is currently working with colleagues researching the current state of PEOLC education in Canadian undergraduate nursing programs. Holly is also a consultant to the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia as they develop a position statement and tools to support nursing practice in the context of physician-assisted death. Holly has a passion for PEOLC education and is excited for the opportunity to engage participants in the exploration of experiences, insights, and questions about this complex and evocative area of nursing education.

Coby Tschanz:

Coby Tschanz has worked for over twenty years in the area of PEOL nursing. She is committed to advancing high quality PEOL nursing through teaching-learning with students and colleagues in academic and point-of-care settings. Presently, she is an Assistant Teaching Professor and PhD student at the University of Victoria School of Nursing, with particular interests in nursing philosophy and theory-guided practice, contemplative pedagogy, human experiences such as bearing witness and feeling confident, and palliative and end-of-life education. Coby also works as a casual employee for Victoria Hospice Society’s Palliative Response Team. She has participated in the development of CASN PEOLC Entry-to-Practice Competencies and Indicators for Registered Nurses and, as a member of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Nurses’ Group, contributed to the recent revision of the CNA Joint Position Statement (The Palliative Approach to Care and the Role of the Nurse). With Holly, Coby is co-chair of the CASN PEOLC Education Interest Group and is working with colleagues researching PEOL education of Canadian undergraduate student nurses. She is delighted to collaborate with Holly and looks forward to upcoming discussions during this Webinar.


Fee: $250.

Registration fee includes:

  • Three, 1.5 hour live webinars
  • Instruction, correspondence and support from two highly qualified nursing educators with experience in PEOLC
  • Discussion forum
  • Assigned readings with review and discussion
  • CASN Certificate of Successful Completion

*Please note: this course is being offered in English, and registration is limited. The registration fee does not include the cost of accessing articles.

Refund and Cancellation Policy for CASN Courses:

  • Registrations that are cancelled up to one week before the start of the course will be refunded minus a $50 administrative fee.
  • Registrations that are cancelled with less than one week’s notice will not be refunded, unless the spot in the course can be filled by another participant. The responsibility to fill the spot will rely solely on CASN staff and every effort will be made to fill the spot.
  • There will be no refunds issued once the course begins.

CASN reserves the right to cancel this course if it does not meet minimal group requirements.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the course, please contact Margot McNamee at mmcnamee@casn.ca or by phone: 613-235-3150 Ext. 31.


Jun 9, 2016 – Jun 23, 2016