End of life in primary care

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Has anyone read the book Dear Life: A Doctor's Story of Love and Life? I read this recently and it brought to light the idea that we really don't discuss end of life care in family practice.  At least not in my program.

I recently had a patient in my clinic experience which this topic was brought to life, without giving too many details (HIPAA).  Hard discussions with the patient and family had to be done about starting the patient on hospice, the family was not ready to "give up".  It was apparent that the provider I was precepting with was uncomfortable with the conversation.

I am curious about other's experiences in the family practice setting.  Did anyone have specific training in their NP programs on this, more than just a short lecture? 

NurseBlaq

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We had training on this in my ADN and BSN programs. Plus, I've had to have this conversation as an RN many times. But that's just my experience.

db2xs

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On 11/14/2020 at 12:03 PM, BSN2DNPFNP said:

Did anyone have specific training in their NP programs on this, more than just a short lecture? 

I am a AGPCNP specialising in hospice/palliative care and we spent one week covering end-of-life issues in the geriatric portion.

BSN2DNPFNP

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35 minutes ago, db2xs said:

I am a AGPCNP specialising in hospice/palliative care and we spent one week covering end-of-life issues in the geriatric portion.

Did you spend a week covering this due to your specialty or was this provided to all students in the ACPCNP program?  I wonder if geriatric focus provides more of this education due to the prominence of this topic in that population? 

db2xs

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17 hours ago, BSN2DNPFNP said:

Did you spend a week covering this due to your specialty or was this provided to all students in the ACPCNP program?  I wonder if geriatric focus provides more of this education due to the prominence of this topic in that population? 

It was part of the AGPCNP program. I can't speak for whether FNPs received this as well.