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Online Education

RTS, the leading provider of bereavement education and resources for healthcare professionals worldwide, now offers blended learning courses in perinatal death, neonatal and pediatric death, and pediatric and adult death. The training has been designed to help healthcare facilities meet the Joint Commission standards for end-of-life and bereavement care...the kind of care that makes a difference. Online courses are available for individual continuing education as well as training for entire healthcare organizations.

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Communicating with the Bereaved

Purpose: Upon completion of this course, learners will be aware of ways to communicate sensitively with bereaved persons.

Audience: This lesson is intended for nurses, social workers, clergy, physicians, genetic counselors, ultrasonographers, laboratory personnel, and others who may interact with or provide services to families experiencing a loss.

Objectives: As a result of completing this lesson, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify the key nonverbal components of sensitive communication.
  2. Identify the key verbal components of sensitive communication.
  3. Identify what to say and not say when conversing with the bereaved.
  4. Describe three common ways of responding to the bereaved.
  5. Define culturally sensitive communication with bereaved persons.

Education Credit: To receive contact or continuing education hours, nurses, social workers, and chaplains must complete the online course (with an 80% passing grade) and the course evaluation. A continuing education certificate will be available to print after completing the requirements.

Nursing Contact Hours: Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, Inc., La Crosse, WI, is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Communicating with the Bereaved provides 1.0 contact hours.

California: Provider (Gundersen Lutheran Bereavement and Advance Care Planning Services) approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #12245, for 1.0 contact hours for Communicating with the Bereaved.

Social Work Credits: Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, Inc., provider #1089, is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards. aswb.org. ASWB Approval period: Nov. 15, 2015 – Nov. 15, 2018. Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, Inc., maintains responsibility for the program. Licensed social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers will receive 1:00 continuing education hour for Communicating with the Bereaved.

Other Credits: Bereavement Services is a provider for the National Association for Catholic Chaplains providing 1.2 contact hours for Communicating with the Bereaved.

Planning committee: Rana Limbo, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CPLC, FAAN; Jill Wilke, BSN, RN; Heather Silver, LCSW-C; Darryl Owens, MDiv., BA; Diane Midland, BSW, MS.

Speakers and planners have an employment relationship with Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation, Inc. We are a provider of the program, but we do not endorse any commercial products in conjunction with this program. Off-label use of any products will not be discussed.

If you have any questions or concerns about this course, or require special assistance or accommodations, please contact Resolve Through Sharing at rts@gundersenhealth.org or (608) 775-4747.

Theoretical Framework of Grief

Purpose: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to define grief, mourning, and bereavement, and identify myths associated with grief. The student will also be able to identify the phases and dimensions of grief, develop self-awareness regarding his/her values and beliefs about death, and identify risk factors for complicated grief. Finally, the student will be able to identify the cardinal rules of grief support.

Audience: This lesson is intended for nurses, social workers, clergy, physicians, genetic counselors, ultrasonographers, laboratory personnel, and others who may interact with or provide services to families experiencing a loss.

Objectives: As a result of completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Define grief, mourning and bereavement.
  • Identify myths of grief.
  • Identify the phases of bereavement and the characteristics associated with each phase.
  • Identify the dimensions of grief.
  • Develop self-awareness regarding values and beliefs about death.
  • Identify risk factors for complicated grief.
  • List three cardinal rules of grief support.

Education Credit: To receive contact or continuing education hours, nurses, social workers, and chaplains must complete the online course (with an 80% passing grade) and the course evaluation. A continuing education certificate will be available to print after completing the requirements.

Nursing: Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, Inc., La Crosse, WI, is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Theoretical Framework of Grief provides 1.0 contact hours.

California: Provider (Gundersen Lutheran Bereavement and Advance Care Planning Services) approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #12245, for 1.0 contact hours for Theoretical Framework of Grief.

Social Work: Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, Inc., provider #1089, is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards. aswb.org. ASWB Approval period: Nov. 15, 2015– Nov. 15 2018 Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, Inc., maintains responsibility for the program. Licensed social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers will receive 1:00 continuing education hour for Theoretical Framework for Grief.

Other Credits: Bereavement Services is a provider for the National Association for Catholic Chaplains providing 1.2 for Theoretical Framework of Grief.

Planning committee: Rana Limbo, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CPLC, FAAN; Jill Wilke, BSN, RN; Heather Silver, LCSW-C; Darryl Owens, MDiv., BA; Diane Midland, BSW, MS.

Speakers and planners have an employment relationship with Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation, Inc. We are a provider of the program, but we do not endorse any commercial products in conjunction with this program. Off-label use of any products will not be discussed.

If you have any questions or concerns about this course, or require special assistance or accommodations, please contact Resolve Through Sharing at rts@gundersenhealth.org or (608) 775-4747.

Caring for the Family Experiencing Perinatal Death

Purpose: Upon completion of this lesson, healthcare professionals and others will be more aware of the needs of families experiencing a perinatal death, better equipped to respond to bereaved parents and their family during the initial crisis of the loss of their baby, and prepared to offer and provide comprehensive care to each family who experiences a perinatal loss.

Audience: This lesson is intended for nurses, social workers, clergy, physicians, genetic counselors, ultrasonographers, laboratory personnel, and others who may interact with or provide services to families experiencing perinatal loss.

Objectives: As a result of completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify definitions and statistics associated with early pregnancy loss, stillbirth, and newborn death.
  2. Define the unique aspects of early pregnancy loss, stillbirth, and newborn death.
  3. Identify common misconceptions of perinatal loss.
  4. Establish a Standard of Care for perinatal loss.
  5. Describe what bereaved parents find helpful in coping with perinatal loss.

Education Credit: To receive contact or continuing education hours, nurses, social workers, and chaplains must complete the online course (with an 80% passing grade) and the course evaluation. A continuing education certificate will be available to print after completing the requirements.

Nursing Contact: Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, Inc., La Crosse, WI, is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Caring for the Family Experiencing Perinatal Death provides 1.0 contact hours.

California: Provider (Gundersen Lutheran Bereavement and Advance Care Planning Services) approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #12245, for 1.0 contact hours for Caring for the Family Experiencing Perinatal Death.

Social Work: Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, Inc., provider #1089, is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards. aswb.org. ASWB Approval period: Nov. 15, 2015 – Nov. 15, 2018. Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, Inc., maintains responsibility for the program. Licensed social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers will receive 1:00 continuing education hour for Caring for the Family Experiencing Perinatal Death.

Other Credits: Bereavement Services is a provider for the National Association for Catholic Chaplains providing 1.2 for Caring for the Family Experiencing Perinatal Death.

Planning committee: Rana Limbo, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CPLC, FAAN; Jill Wilke, BSN, RN; Heather Silver, LCSW-C; Darryl Owens, MDiv., BA; Diane Midland, BSW, MS.

Speakers and planners have an employment relationship with Gundersen Medical Foundation, Inc. We are a provider of the program, but we do not endorse any commercial products in conjunction with this program. Off-label use of any products will not be discussed.

If you have any questions or concerns about this course, or require special assistance or accommodations, please contact Resolve Through Sharing at rts@gundersenhealth.org or (608) 775-4747.

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