Life and Death Matters reached out to a few colleges and hospices using the text, Integrating a Palliative Approach: Essentials for Personal Support Workers, and companion resources in their teaching and asked permission to survey students about their learning experiences in hospice and palliative care. An online survey was distributed to individuals who used the resources and were completing their practicum, had graduated or had completed a self-study program. The survey results resoundingly endorsed the text, Integrating a Palliative Approach: Essentials for Personal Support Workers, as a positive learning tool for learning to provide hospice, palliative and end-of-life care.
In the survey, students were asked to reflect on their learning experiences and indicate which statements they agreed with. These are some of the results:
- 80% indicated “I will keep this text and continue to use this in my practice.”
- 75% indicated “I know how to support a person experiencing common symptoms of life-limiting illness”
- 74% indicated “I strengthened my skills for communicating with people experiencing life-limiting illness and their family.”
- 83% reported “I learned why self-care is important, and how to provide self-care.”
Students self-reported what they had learned from the text and companion resources. The results indicate the percentage of respondants who reported learning each topic from the text and resources.
- 90% – How to recognize different patterns of dying
- 88% – Ways to prepare myself for providing hospice and palliative care
- 86% – Strategies for communicating with a person and family about difficult topics
- 83% – How to recognize, observe, record and report when a person is experiencing a common symptom, e.g., pain.
- 83% – The different ways people experience loss and grief, and how to provide appropriate support
- 88% – The common changes in the last days and hours of life and how to support a dying person and family
- 86% – How to provide self-care to maintain my personal health when working in hospice and palliative care.
This survey strongly supports teaching hospice, palliative and end-of-life care to PSW students using the text, Integrating a Palliative Approach: Essentials for Personal Support Workers, and companion workbook, podcasts and videos.
There are more results, including the interview of instructors to report. Look for that information in upcoming blog posts.
I am just starting the text book and workbook in school. This book is going to be amazing and really teach me about me. I know I will learn so much about palliative care also. When I was younger I wanted to work with troubled teens and I did but because of too many injuries my doctor told me no more. I am now 47 yrs old and taking the PSW course and I do believe I have found my passion – Palliative care – I want to learn everything possible about helping people and families during this time in their life. I want to say thank you for the book I will be referring back to it often and I will also be ale to reevaluate my views as I grow in the field.
Thank you for your lovely comment and feedback on the book. It is wonderful to hear your enthusiasm for the topic and the Life and Death Matters resources.
I wish you all the very very best in your education. Please keep in touch and let me know your thoughts on your classroom and clinical experiences.