Fairborn nurse among Hospice conference presenters


For the Herald

COLUMBUS – Clinical professionals from Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton will play a major role in providing education to hospice and home healthcare providers from across the state at the annual Midwest Care Alliance conference in Columbus in November. As experts in hospice and palliative care, their presentations highlight subjects specific to end-of-life care.

The Midwest Care Alliance is a non-profit organization supporting and promoting palliative, home health and hospice care in Ohio through education, advocacy and technical information. The annual MCA conference attracts hundreds of representatives from home health, palliative care and hospice organizations from across the state.

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton staff members are among the key presenters at the conference on a variety of topics, including:

Warriors at Ease: Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Meditation

Kathryn Van Pelt, RN, MSN, CHPN; Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton

Veterans represent 25 percent of all deaths in the United States. Delayed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can create a barrier to a peaceful death. Additionally, research indicates 78 percent of hospice nurses have a significant manifestation of symptoms of Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder (STSD). This presentation will review how the body is wired to respond to a perceived threat, and the use of yoga as a recovery intervention, for activating the relaxation response and building resiliency. A trauma sensitive yoga class and trauma sensitive meditation class will be described.

Oncologic Emergencies and Advanced Symptom Management of Cancer Patients

Lorin Yolch, PharmD, CGP, FASCP; DeltaCare RX / Cleanne Cass, DO, FAAHPC, FAAFP; Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton

There are certain symptom management issues that are unique to oncology patients who are receiving hospice care. This presentation will review the palliative care guidelines that are adhered to by most oncologists regarding the treatment of such patients. Although oncologic emergencies are rare, every hospice practitioner should be familiar with, not only identifying these symptoms, but confidently managing them as well. Conditions that will be reviewed include hypercalcemia, superior vena cava

syndrome, spinal cord compression, increased intracranial pressure, coagulation issues, and cardiotoxicity.

Hot Topics in End-of-Life Care

Jeff Lycan, RN, MS; Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton and Hospice of the Western Reserve / Ruth Thomson, DO, FACOI, FAAHPM, HMDC; Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton

This presentation is developed around four broad topics with distinct details about how these issues are evolving and impacting end of life care from a national/state prospective. These four topics include: POLST State development and Research Update, Physician Aid in Dying movement, Medical Marijuana, and Palliative Care Developments.

Geriatric Pharmacotherapy

Nancy Trimble, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, ACHPN; Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton

Geriatric pharmacotherapy requires a specialized knowledge of both the changes associated with aging and drug therapy for the elder. This presentation looks at both aspects of normal aging, problems associated with common polypharmacy, case study application, and common drug interactions.

Universal Precautions for Drug Diversion and Misuse in Hospice: Could an Ounce of Prevention Be Worth a Pound of Cure? Cleanne Cass, DO, FAAHPC, FAAFP / Ruth Thomson, DO, FACOI, FAAHPM, HMDC / Rebecca Bledsoe, PharmD; Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton

Dealing with drug diversion and misuse in hospice is exhausting and demoralizing. As this problem increases, hospices are at risk of stringent legislation that will make our mission of relieving suffering even more difficult to achieve. This session will examine a proactive approach to management of scheduled drugs which is effective in minimizing the risk of misuse. Participants will review current standards, learn how to implement “universal precautions,” and will discuss components of a drug diversion tool kit.

What’s My Line? Improving Care Through Occupational Cultural Awareness

Julie Wickline, RN, BSN, CHPN / Amy Wagner, BS, CHC; Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton

Utilizing skill and behavior assessment tools to help determine common occupational personality trends, this session will foster an interactive, collaborative workshop to determine if trends identified in the assessment tool are consistent with the experiences of those in attendance. Using an interactive approach, the session will explore use of

these tools to identify likely reactions to employment situations, managerial styles, and fostering better care. Participants will identify best practice interventions and communication styles for each professional personality and discuss conclusions.

The Most Important Person on the Hospice Team is You (and Everyone Else)

Kim Vesey, RN, CHPN, MS; Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton

This session will explore team models for hospice care, methods for team building and ultimately the critical role that EVERY person on the hospice team has. Each person is the most important person on the team! This session will also discuss how to maximize participation as an active team member to impact positive outcomes.

Hospice Care: Learning the Challenges of Walking the Talk

Kim Vesey, RN, CHPN, MS; Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton

Hospice professionals are trained on the benefits of hospice and effective symptom management and use this knowledge to help patients and families make difficult decisions about EOL care. This session explores the awareness of truly how difficult these decisions are to make when an experienced hospice nurse provides EOL care to her husband and how it has impacted her practice of hospice care.

Story courtesy of Hospice of Dayton.

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