Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Veteran’s End of Life Nursing Education Course Coming to Lowcountry in August

The Veteran’s End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) will be held at Trident Community Center in the Trident Family Health Building located at 9228 Medical Plaza Drive, North Charleston, SC 29406. The course will take place from Friday, August 22 to Saturday, August 23.

Statistics show that every day, one out of four deaths in the U.S. involves a veteran, but only four percent of veterans die in VA hospitals.  Because the other 96 percent die in community hospitals, at home, or in facilities, healthcare professionals in these settings need knowledge of specific interventions that meet veterans’ needs.

Military culture encourages stoicism and denial of emotion while combat practice, exposure to death on the battlefield, contact with toxic substances, and battle-focused training can affect the death experience.  It is estimated that 30 to 50 percent of all combat veterans will exhibit symptoms of post-traumatic stress syndrome and these symptoms are exacerbated at end of life. Because of these unique factors, non-VA healthcare providers need to anticipate complications at end of life and learn specific interventions to provide care that encompasses veterans’ needs.  The Veterans ELNEC provides essential education in caring for the veteran population at the end of life.

Lowcountry AHEC is partnering with Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Trident Health System, and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center to provide this course. Space is limited so please register early. 


Visit lcahec.com to learn more and register today.

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