Palliative Care

Palliative Care

— Offered by College of Education and Health Professions and Eleanor Mann School of Nursing —

Palliative care is intended to optimize the quality of life of patients with serious, life-limiting illness and their families, by managing their physical, social, psychological, and spiritual suffering. The need for palliative care has risen over time and the field of palliative medicine is increasing. Registered nurses are expected to play a significant role in providing palliative care services to their patients in all healthcare settings. This course will guide you through five modules, intended to increase your general knowledge in primary palliative care. You will complete a pre- and post-survey to assess your competency in palliative care management.


Learning Objectives

  • Identify general principles in palliative care.
  • Recognize social, cultural, and spiritual aspects of palliative care.
  • Understand palliative care communication practices.
  • Identify fundamental symptom management in palliative care.
  • Recognize vital care needs at the end-of-life. 


Free for University of Arkansas faculty with current UARK email address.

Access / Completion Time:
3 Months

Contact Hours :  3


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Justine Kirschner

Inpatient Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner

I currently work as an inpatient palliative care Nurse Practitioner at a large regional medical center and children’s hospital. I aim to help patients and families navigate hospitalization and complex medical conditions with education and compassion. I am also part-time nursing faculty here at the University of Arkansas in the BSN program. I have a wide range of practice experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner from oncology, urgent care, ENT, and pediatrics.

I graduated with my Master’s in Nursing from Old Dominion University and am finishing my Doctor of Nursing Practice and Master’s in Nursing Education this spring here at the University of Arkansas. I am thrilled for the opportunity to offer this course in palliative care, a growing field that I am passionate about.

Accredited Provider - American Nurses Credentialing Center


Eleanor Mann School of Nursing, University of Arkansas, is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.