Palliative Care Volume 1, Issue 1
Certification Program Fall / Winter 2005
Message from the Program Director, Jeannine Forrest, PhD, RN
Our palliative care team is pleased to share our first newsletter with you. Twice a year, we
will keep you informed about the progress, successes, and educational opportunities in
palliative care from our UIC, College of Nursing students, faculty and staff.
Our overall mission is to:
• Increase the number of nurse practitioners and clinical specialists who will care for
people of all ages in underserved and rural areas.
• Increase the numbers of minority nurses prepared as nurse practitioners or clinical
Jeannine Forrest, PhD, RN specialist with expertise in palliative care.
Director, Advanced Practice
Palliative Care Nurse Palliative Care Faculty & Staff
Faculty: Andreolie, Vicky, Clinical Instructor; Berry, Jean K. Clinical Associate Professor;
Bonner, Gloria, Associate Professor; Burgener, Sandra C., Associate Professor; Busch-
University of Illinois at mann, MaryBeth Tank, Professor; Gorman Gerri, Clinical Assistant Professor; Henderson,
Chicago , College of Nursing Gloria, Associate Professor (Emeritus); Kavanaugh, Karen, Associate Professor ; Smith,
(MC 802) Department of Eva D., Associate Professor; Wilkie, Diana J., Professor & Harriet Werley Endowed Chair
Medical-Surgical Nursing, for Nursing Research
845 S. Damen Ave.,
648 Flr. NURS
Staff: Hernandez Melissa P., Project Coordinator; Hsiung, Yvonne, Research Assistant;
Chicago, IL 60612-7350 Suarez, Marie, Project Director; Ward Marilyn, Administrative Assistant
Phone: (312) 413-8691
Fax: (312) 996-4979
Capocy, Nancy, Director , Hospice Services, CNS Home Health and Hospice; Cassey,
Robert B., Integritas Institute for Ethics; Christiansen, Carol, PhD, RN, China Nursing
Leadership Initiative; Goldstein, Julie, MD, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center;
Hollye Harrington Jacobs, MS, RN, University of Chicago, Children's Hospital; Runge,
Mary, MBA, RN, Horizon Hospice; Seman, Dorothy, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center;
Funded by: US Department of Starr, Peter, Director of Bereavement Care, CNS Home Health and Hospice; Wickham,
Health and Human Services Rita, PhD, Rush University; Zych, Carmen, Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana, IL
Health Resources and
Contact Us at the UIC College of Nursing
Inside this issue: For specific information regarding palliative care certification program visit our Web site
Message from the Director 1 (www.palliativecare.nursing.uic.edu) or call 312-355-2605
Program Accomplishments 2 Palliative Care Courses! Call Kate Diana for further information about registration as a
Master or Post Master Students at 312-996-2184 or visit
Program Accomplishments 3 www.uic.edu/nursing/prospective_students/non-degree.htm
About the Program 4
Building Partnerships 5
Program Accomplishments 2005
This past year the program has been moving forward in development of the palliative care curriculum, the
three new didactic courses are Palliative management of pain and common symptoms; Socio-cultural and
ethical issues in palliative care; We are working very hard to have the three palliative care courses on-line by
Events: Palliative Grand Rounds & Reflection Seminars
“Advance Practice Palliative Care Nursing: Competencies, Roles and Professional Issues” January 31, 2005—Speaker, Deb-
orah Witt Sherman, PhD, APRN, ANP, PCM, BC, FAAN, Associate professor and Program Coordinator Advanced Practice Palliative
Care Master & Post Master Programs at New York
“Current Research with Hospice Patients with Cancer and Their Caregivers” March 15, 2005—Speaker, Susan McMillian,
PhD, RN, FAAN, Lyall & Beatrice Thompson, Professor of Oncology Quality of Life Nursing, Chairperson Oncology Nursing Concen-
tration in the Master’s program
“Pediatric Palliative Care: Challenges and Opportunities for Patients” April 25, 2005—Speaker, Cynda Hylton Rushton, DNSc,
Associate Professor, The Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing Program Director, Harriet Lane Compassionate Care Program
Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
“Cultural Sensitivity: Guidance in Caring for Holocaust Survivors, Veterans of Certain Wars, and Other Immigrant Popula-
tions” April 20, 2005—Speaker ,Audrey Cantor, LCSW, Jewish Family/Holocaust Community Services Coordinator
“Caring for Self & Others Through the Arts” August 29, 2005—Speaker , MaryAnn McDermott, RN, EdD, FAAN, Professor Emeri-
tus Loyola University, Niehoff School of Nursing
“Living With and Caring for the Dying Child Preserving the Fragile Universe of Families” - October 24, 2005—Speaker, Liza-
beth H. Sumner, RN, BSN, Educator in Palliative Care Across the Life Span
“Oh, Just Bury Me in the Backyard!” An Uplifting and Inspiring Seminar on Bringing Peace and Meaning, Mon-
day, November 28, 2005, Time: 6:00pm -7:30pm—Speaker, Loretta Downs, Place: 845 S. Damen Ave, Chicago, IL
60612, College of Nursing, Room 158, Street parking is available on Taylor (UIC paying parking on Taylor St. near Da-
men or Wood)
Congratulations to our Students & Faculty
Kathie Kobler—Completed P-ELNEC training this summer. She is conference chair for the 15th National
Perinatal Bereavement Conference, "Winds of Change, Whispers of Hope: Remembering Precious Lives." in
October 2006. She is also the VP of PLIDA, which is sponsoring the conference. PLIDA is the Pregnancy
Loss and Infant Death Alliance www.perinatalbereavementconference.org
Marguerite Wydra and Diane Boyle are both P-ELNEC educators.
Diane Boyle will be speaking at the 5th National Neonatal Nurses Meeting. Chicago, Illinois.
Karen Kavanaugh, PhD, RN - presented at the National Neonatal nurses meeting in Sept. & at the National
Perinatal Association in Oct. and will be inducted at the American Academy of Nursing Fellows in November.
Diana Wilkie, PhD, RN, FAAN and team received an internal funding for an Interdisciplinary Seminar on Pal-
Jean K. Berry, PhD, CNP, RN has been promoted to Clinical Associate Professor at the College of Nursing,
Medical Surgical Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago
Program Accomplishments 2005
Yvonne Hsiung, MS, RN, College of Nursing, doctoral student &
research assistant for the palliative care program
Are you a clinician/health care provider currently taking care of terminally ill patients? Or are you just
a student who is interested in knowing about state-or-the-art knowledge and skills prevalent to symptoms
among palliative and end-of-life (EOL) care for patients across the lifespan. I am a nursing doctoral student,
and I would highly recommend the new palliative care program at UIC, College of Nursing. I recently took the
course: “Palliative Management of Pain and Common Symptoms.” The course was exceptional and scored
high in learning for me. In this course, I learned those prevalent symptoms at the end stage of humans’ life,
with the interaction with the text, with other classmates, and with myself. Because evidence-based bio-
behavioral strategies for palliative management of multiple symptoms are taught in a great detail (in particu-
lar, the symptom of pain), I have received sufficient information to support my strategies in providing care.
Newly Funded Research
2005-2009 Wilkie, D. J., Forrest, J., Strofjell, J.,Zong, S., & Marshke, M.
Effects and Cost of Massage in Hospice Cancer Patients. National Institutes of Health
Griffin, T., & Kavanaugh, K. (2005). Supporting parents in the neonatal intensive care unit. Journal of Neona-
tology, 19, 243-249.
Holden, J.E., Jeong, J., & Forrest, J. (2005). The endogenous opioid system and clinical pain management.
AACN Clinical Issues, 16 (3), 291-301.
Kavanaugh, K., Savage, T., Kilpatrick, S., Kimura, R., & Hershberger, P. (2005). Life support decisions for
extremely premature infants: Report of a pilot study. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 20, 347-359.
Kavanaugh, K., & Hershberger, P. (2005). Perinatal loss in low-income African American parents: The lived
experience. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 34, 595-605.
How to Enroll? www.palliativecare.nursing.uic.edu or call 312-355-2605
How to be enrolled in our APPCN certificate program?
• Masters Students: are requested to be admitted to one of the 7 existing CON population-based pro-
grams, and must declare a specialized concentration in palliative and end-of-life care.
• Post Masters: both MSN and Masters in another area of nursing are welcome to apply. Requirements
• Continuing Education Option available
• On-line courses/modules are on the way in 2007
Students electing a specialized concentration in palliative care will take three additional courses and have at
least one of their clinical practicum courses in a palliative care setting
The APPCN curriculum includes three palliative care-focused courses:
NUSC 520: Dying, loss, and grief (3credits)
NUSC 522: Palliative management of pain and common symptoms (3credits)
NUSC 524: Socio-cultural and ethical issues in palliative care (3 credits)
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is the physical, psycho-social, and spiritual treatment of pain and suffering for patients of all
ages with chronic or life-limiting advanced disease.
Everyone needs palliative care!
• Families of babies born dead or dying
• Women who have experienced miscarriages and their partners
• Families of children who are dying or have died from injuries or acute or chronic illnesses
• Families of those who have experienced sudden death, including coworkers of those who have died in the
• Both adult and elderly people dying with acute or chronic illnesses, such as cardiovascular, pulmonary, or
renal diseases, cancer, or AIDS.
How will you best serve these patients?
• Assess and manage care of individuals in particular with end-stage disease processes
• Provide effective pain and symptom management through use of pharmacological, non-pharmacological,
and complementary therapies
• Explain and interpret palliative procedures
• Reduce the risk for both patients and family members of developing or intensifying disability through
appropriate health promotion and disease prevention interventions
• Assist patients and family members with multiple psycho-socio-cultural and spiritual issues
• Help patients and family members to develop new coping skills to deal with their life-threatening illnesses
• Promote maximal quality of life throughout and after the dying process for patients and family members
• Support patients and families undergoing loss, grief, and bereavement
• Encourage therapeutic communication and open expression of spirituality; and
• Provide counseling and support around complex and difficult ethical and legal issues related to end-of-life
decision-making and bereavement.
The palliative care certification program is dedicated and passionate in building
strong linkages within underserved areas and in recruiting those interested into
the advance nurse practitioner. The program has been building partnerships
internally with the University’s Urban Health Programs throughout the colleges
and the College of Nursing Academic Programs to promote education to our
minority populations who are interested in the health care fields. We are also
creating partnerships with community organizations locally and nationally that
serve African American, Hispanic and Native American populations as patients
and students including:
El-Valor is a non-for-profit community based organization in Pilsen founded in
1973 by the late Guadalupe Reyes a leader of the community. Today it is the
largest Hispanic Non-for-profit by the Hispanic Business Magazine (May 2005).
There mission is working with children and families with disabilities and encour-
aging leadership in higher education creates opportunities for palliative care
awareness and recruitment of Latino students within the Pilsen Community.
For more information please call 312-666-4511.
Horizon Hospice & Palliative Care Organization
Our palliative care students will have clinical opportunities to work with patients across the lifespan from children to older
adults, through Chicago’s first Hospice organization. Horizon is heading a pediatric palliative care coalition which pro-
vides wonderful learning opportunities and experiences for our students.
For more information please go to www.horizonhospice.org
HEARTLIGHT—Supporting for Families Coping with Illness and Loss
Children’s Memorial provides bereavment support for families who have had a child die. Our students will be learning
and intergrating information provided by hearlight into there palliative are learning a practice. The include special pro-
gramming for supporting a Spanish-speaking support program for families who had a child die.
For additional information, call Heartlight at 773-975-8829, Affiliated with The Children’s Memorial Medical Cen-
ter, Box 130, 2300 Children’s Plaza, Chicago, IL 60614.
UIC School Nurse Certificate Program
We will work together with the school nurse program for student recruitment and increase the awareness with the school
nurses to reach the underserved and minority populations.
For more information please contact Phyllis Pelt at 312-413-0544.
845 S. Damen Avenue (MC 802)
Chicago, IL 60612
“Life is eternal,
and love is immortal,
and death is only a horizon,
and a horizon is nothing save
the limit of our sight.”