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10501 FGCU Blvd S.
Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565

Phone: (239) 590-1006
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FGCU Continuing Education Offers "Online LIVE" Classes for Health and Human Services at The Atrium

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University's Continuing Education and Off Campus Programs presents a series of classes for healthcare professionals to learn about palliative and end-of-life care, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays, April 6 to May 25, and Oct. 5 to Nov. 23 at The Atrium, 8695 College Parkway, Suite 1181, in Fort Myers. Classes may be taken in the spring or fall individually or as a series at a reduced price, and offer contact hours through State of Florida's CE Broker for most healthcare professions.

Participants of "Online LIVE" series will complete one hour online modules and participate in discussions with colleagues, facilitated by Kate Nolte, RN. In the classes, participants will learn about palliative care, and how end-of-life care extends across physical, mental and spiritual care. Attendees will learn to identify current trends in palliative medicine; discuss how to better communicate with the dying; describe pain and symptom management techniques; discuss ethical insights related to DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) and AND (Allowing Natural Death); identify the spiritual aspects of end-of-life care; discuss insights into death of a child; and learn successful strategies for difficult conversations.

Nolte was clinical mentor and staff registered nurse at Hope Hospice, providing oversight and education for an interdisciplinary team of RNs, social workers, chaplains, physicians, certified nursing assistants and arts therapists. As nursing clinical manager, she was responsible for supervision of staff, management of acute care situations and crisis intervention. Nolte assists the Lee County Library System in providing computer instruction.

The series includes Overview and Trends in Palliative Medicine, April 6 and Oct. 5; Pain and Symptom Management at End of Life, April 13 and Oct. 12; Allowing Natural Death versus DNR: A Health Providers Perspective, April 20 and Oct. 19; Dying and Death and Our Response, April 27 and Oct. 26; Symptom Management at End of Life, May 4 and Nov. 2; Dealing with Grief and Loss: A Health Provider’s Perspective, May 11 and Nov. 9; Spirituality and Coping at End of Life: The Role of the Health Provider, May 18 and Nov. 16; Communication in End of Life Care – the ALS Patient – Compassion, Care, Hope, May 25 and Nov. 23.

Cost for Sessions I or II is $150 for 8 classes, or $20 per class.

For more information or to register call (239) 425-3277 or register online at

For further information, contact Christina Gallagher at (239) 425-3277.

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