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Palliative Care Nurse Attends Conference to Educate Others

WINFIELD, Ill., January 16, 2009 - Nurses spend more time with patients who are facing the end of life than any other member of the health care team. This area of care requires a high degree of specialization due to the critical and complex nature that this time represents in the life of a patient and his/her family.  Fortunately, there is advanced support and training available.

Pala Jarecki, MSN, RN, of CNS Home Health & Hospice, an affiliate of Central DuPage Hospital, recently attended a national ELNEC-SuperCore "Train the Trainers" course in Washington, D.C. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the City of Hope (COH) received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop and implement the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC-Core). ELNEC-SuperCore is for nurses who provide/conduct continuing education courses in specialty areas such as oncology, hospice, nurse educators and continuing education providers.

Jarecki was one of 250 nurses from across the United States to attend this training program. The principal goal of the training program is to provide nursing continuing education providers with information on end-of-life/palliative care and resources to integrate end-of-life/palliative care content into their in-service programs or courses.

"I'm eager to share my training to increase community awareness of what hospice is all about and how helpful it can be during a very difficult time," said Jarecki. 

The training program was conducted by a distinguished faculty of researchers, educators, authors and leaders in the field of palliative care. Topics included nursing care at the end of life; pain and symptom assessment and management; cultural considerations; ethical issues; communication; loss, grief and bereavement; preparation for and care at the time of death; and achieving quality care at the end of life.

Jarecki received a BS in Community Health at Northern Illinois University and a BS in Nursing at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala. In July of 2008 she completed her Master of Science with a specialty in nursing education at Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill.

An active member of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Naperville, Jarecki is a member of the Naperville Area Catholic Homeschool Organization. She and her husband, Paul, reside in Lisle with their two children.

For more information about hospice and end of life care, contact CNS Home Health & Hospice at (630) 665-7000.

An affiliate of Central DuPage Hospital

Since 1958, CNS Home Health & Hospice has been a non-profit home health agency serving DuPage County and surrounding communities by providing skilled medical and psychiatric nursing; physical, occupation and speech therapies; social services, private duty and pharmacy and infusion care; and hospice/palliative care and bereavement services.

CNS offers medical social workers, home health aides, dieticians, phlebotomy services, caregiver services, wellness programs and home medical equipment. In 2006 they have added Telehealth Home Monitoring to their suite of services.

A group of over 150 volunteers also provides support to hospice families and homebound seniors by completing home visits, errands, clerical work, and other tasks. For more information, please call CNS Home Health & Hospice at (630) 665-7000 or visit www.cnshomehealth.org.

Central DuPage Hospital contact:
Amy Jo Steinbruecker
(630) 933-5117
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