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COMFORT Communication for Palliative Care Teams: Improving the Quality of Care

City of Hope's Division of Nursing Research and Education is excited to present "COMFORTTM SM Communication for Palliative Care Teams: Improving the Quality of Care" with generous support from the Archstone Foundation. We are not currently accepting applications, but hope to announce future course dates soon. Please contact Lisa Vallecorsa if you would like to be added to our mailing list, pallcarecomm@coh.org
 
On January 28-29, 2015 60 competitively selected teams learned and networked with other healthcare professionals during a two-day course at the California Endowment Center in Los Angeles (Address: 1000 N. Alameda St. Los Angeles, CA 90012, Next to Union Station).
 
Future offerings will be free to competitively selected interdisciplinary teams (two participants per team) from palliative care programs throughout the state of California. The aim of this grant-funded program is to improve the quality of care for patients and families by offering a palliative care communication course. The curriculum is appropriate for all core disciplines (physician, nurse, social worker, chaplain). Target Audience: CA-Based Palliative Care Professionals.
 
This course is organized by the themes of the COMFORT communication curriculum, an evidence-based, theoretically-grounded curriculum that summarizes the basic principles of palliative care communication. This interactive course will include communication skills-building sessions and provide participants with a communication toolkit that includes a copy of the curriculum, books, video examples, and additional resources to bring back to participant institutions. More information about health communication research, trainings and resources are  available via the Palliative Care Communication Institute (PCC Institute) website: www.pccinstitute.com.
 
The course is now CLOSED. Please email pallcarecomm@coh.org to be added to our mailing list for future course opportunities.
 
Each Selected Participant Receives:
 
  • Free Registration
  • Materials
  • Meals/Snacks
  • Goal Follow-Up: 6 & 9 Months Post-Course
  • 13.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU) &/or 13.25 CME Hours
  • Travel Information
Objectives of the Course:
  1. Demonstrate a minimum of two new communication skills for use in practice with patients with advanced disease and their family members
  2. Identify practices of patient-centered communication with patients and family members
  3. Define the narrative approach to clinical communication
  4. Describe the main principles of interdisciplinary team collaboration
 
To learn more about faculty for COMFORTTM SM Communication for Palliative Care Teams, click here!
 
*CEU Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, BRN Provider #: CEP 13380 for 13.5 contact hours; and course meets the qualifications for 13.5 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS Provider#: PCE 2401 (CE Provider: City of Hope National Medical Center/Beckman Research Institute). No partial CEs given. You must attend entire program to receive CEs.
 
CME Accreditation Statement: City of Hope is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
 
Credit Designation: City of Hope designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
 
Allied Health Care Professionals: Registered nurses may report up to 13.25 credit hour toward the continuing education requirement for license renewal by their state Board of Registered Nurses (BRN). CME may be noted on the license renewal application in lieu of a BRN provider number. • The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants states that AMA accredited Category 1 courses are accepted for re certification. City of Hope is accredited by the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences, PCE Provider #4017. This activity meets the qualifications for 13.25 hour credit for MFTs and or LCSWs as required by the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences.
 
 

COMFORT Communication for Palliative Care Teams: Faculty

Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN has been in nursing for 37 years and has focused her clinical expertise and research in pain management, quality of life, and palliative care. Dr. Ferrell is the Director of  Division of Nursing Research and Education and a Professor at City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in Duarte, California. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and she has over 350 publications in peer-reviewed journals and texts. She is Principal Investigator of a Program funded by the National Cancer Institute on “Palliative Care for Quality of Life and Symptom Concerns in Lung Cancer” and Principal Investigator of the “End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)” project. She directs several other funded projects related to palliative care in cancer centers and QOL issues. Dr. Ferrell is a member of the Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Cancer Institute and was Chairperson of the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care. Dr. Ferrell completed a Masters degree in Theology, Ethics and Culture from Claremont Graduate University in 2007. She has authored nine books including her latest book Communication in Palliative Nursing (Oxford University Press, 2013). Other titles include: Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing (Oxford University Press, 2010), Making Health Care Whole: Integrating Spirituality into Patient Care (Templeton Press, 2010), and The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Nursing (Oxford University Press, 2008). In 2013 Dr. Ferrell was named one of the 30 Visionaries in the field by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 
Elaine Wittenberg, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Division of Nursing Research and Education at City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in Duarte, CA. She holds a PhD in Communication from the University of Oklahoma. With a focus on hospice and palliative care, she is co-author of Communication as Comfort: Multiple Voices in Palliative Care (Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, 2008) which details the complexities of communication in end-of-life care and Dying with Comfort: Family Illness Narratives and Early Palliative Care (Hampton Press, 2010) both awarded Book of the Year by the National Communication Association. Her latest volume Communication in Palliative Nursing (Oxford University Press, 2013) details the COMFORT TM SM Communication Curriculum that provides interprofessional healthcare staff with instruction on palliative care communication. Dr. Wittenberg along with an editorial team of 7, are currently working on the Textbook of Palliative Care Communication, scheduled for publication in 2015 by Oxford University Press. She is co-founder of the Palliative Care Communication Institute (www.pccinstitute.com) and has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles on hospice and palliative care. Her work can be found in Qualitative Health Research, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Journal of Palliative Medicine, and the European Journal of Cancer Care. She and her colleagues recently launched Health Communication, a free iOS application that provides easy to use communication strategies accessible on smartphone or ipad.
 
Joy Goldsmith, PhD has been conducting research on communication and illness, specifically in the context of palliative care and hospice, for the last decade. Her numerous publications in clinical as well as communication journals address health communication training, oncology nurse training, interprofessional communication in health care, and family caregiver communication. A long-time collaborator with a team of health communication and clinical scholars, she has co-authored four books including Communication as Comfort: Multiple Voices in Palliative Care (Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, 2008), Dying with Comfort: Family Illness Narratives and Early Palliative Care (Hampton Press, 2010), Communication in Palliative Nursing (Oxford University Press, 2013), and Speaking of Dying (2012, Brazos Press). Currently she holds a contract with Oxford University Press for the Textbook of Palliative Care Communication, to be released in October, 2015. Her work also can be found in Qualitative Health Research, Health Communication, Social Science and Medicine, American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, Seminars in Oncology Nursing, Medical Teacher, and the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.
Judith Paice, PhD is currently the Director of the Cancer Pain Program in the Division of Hematology-Oncology, a Research Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University; Feinberg School of Medicine, as well as a full member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her clinical work is in the relief of cancer-related pain. In this role she has also conducted research examining the characteristics of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy; and is currently pursuing interventions to prevent and manage this syndrome. Dr. Paice has served in numerous professional leadership positions, including President of the American Pain Society and Secretary of the International Association for the Study of Pain. She has a strong commitment to educating other healthcare professionals regarding relief of cancer pain within the developed and developing world, and have traveled within the People’s Republic of China, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, Taiwan, Tanzania, and Tajikistan. As part of her dedication to teaching, she was one of the original consultants in the End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) and continues to serve as faculty.  Dr. Paice serves on the editorial board of Clinical Journal of Pain, Journal of Pain, and the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.
Terry Irish, BA, MDiv, DMin, BCC after completing Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Stanford Hospital & Clinics in the San Francisco Bay Area, he accepted the position as a staff chaplain at City of Hope, where he continues to serve as the Medical/Oncology and Pediatrics’ Department chaplain. He is a Board Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains.  He serves as the chaplain on a Program funded by the National Cancer Institute on “Palliative Care for Quality of Life and Symptom Concerns in Lung Cancer” and currently serves as the District Chaplaincy Director for the Los Angeles District, Church of the Nazarene. He served as a chaplain on an Archstone Foundation-funded “Demonstration Project for Improving the Quality of Spiritual Care” and currently serves as Co-Investigator for the Archstone Foundation-funded “Palliative Care Communication Training for Improved Quality of Care.”  He helped author the bereavement booklet “When Someone You Love Dies: A Guide to Bereavement” (2013), now in Spanish and soon to be translated into Chinese. In 2012 Rev. Dr. Irish received the Award of Excellence from the Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative in recognition of his contribution to cancer pain relief.
Sandra L. Ragan, Ph.D is Professor Emerita in the Department of Communication, University of Oklahoma.  Serving the University of Oklahoma from 1983-2006, she held the positions of graduate director, department chair, and associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.  She has co-authored seven scholarly books, including Communication as Comfort:  Multiple Voices in Palliative Care and its companion volumes Dying with COMFORT: Family Illness Narratives and Early Palliative Care and Communication and Palliative Nursing. Her books and scholarly articles can be found in Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Health Communication, Communication Yearbook, and others, and focus on language in social interaction, notably in the context of health communication, especially women’s health and palliative care. She has been writing about palliative care communication since 2003.
Lisa Kilburn-Vallecorsa, BA is a program coordinator at City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in Duarte, CA. Mrs. Vallecorsa works in the Division of Nursing Research and Education at City of Hope with Drs. Ferrell and Wittenberg. In addition to coordinating the COMFORT Communication for Palliative Care Teams and COMFORT Communication for Oncology Nurses programs, she assists with preparing, editing and submitting grant proposals; developing, marketing, coordinating and executing other educational programs and planning future curriculum and resource dissemination initiatives. Mrs. Vallecorsa is also website creator and webmaster for the Palliative Care Communication Institute, www.pccinstitute.com and social media coordinator. She collaborates with her team to develop educational tools for healthcare professionals, such as, A Communication Guide for Caregivers, COMFORT Communication video series and the forthcoming Textbook of Palliative Care Communication (Oxford University Press, October, 2015). Her previous work included coordinating the ExCEL in Social Work program, assisting with the Textbook of Palliative Social Work (Oxford University Press, 2011) and co-authoring articles in the Journal of Cancer Education, Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, and Research on Social Work Practice.
   
   
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

COMFORT Communication for Oncology Nurses

City of Hope's Division of Nursing Research and Education is presenting “COMFORTTM SM Communication for Oncology Nurses: Improving Patient-Centered Communication and Cancer Care”, a professional training program for oncology nurses funded by the National Cancer Institute. Apply Now-See Application Below. For any questions regarding application deadlines, contact Yvonne Rodriguez: yvrodriguez@coh.org
 
Registration is still open for the October 15-16, Washington, DC course (registration for the June course is now closed). This 2-day course is free to competitively selected oncology nurse teams (two participants per team) from cancer settings across the United States. The aim of this program is to improve cancer care across the disease trajectory by promoting nurse communication skill development. The curriculum is appropriate for any level of learner (13 CEUs will be offered).
 
Using the evidence-based COMFORTTM SM Communication Curriculum, these interactive courses will include communication skills-building sessions and provide participants with a communication toolkit that includes a copy of the curriculum, books, USB of video examples with teaching guide, and additional resources. Using a goal-directed method of teaching, faculty will help teams develop three goals for implementing process improvement related to communication. To learn more about the COMFORTTM SM curriculum, research, training and resources, visit the recently launched Palliative Care Communication (PCC) Institute website: www.pccinstitute.com
 
Each selected participant will receive:
 
  • Free registration
  • Materials
  • Meals/snacks
  • Goal follow-up at 6 and 12 months post-course
  • Continuing education units (CEU)
     
APPLY NOW and Spread the Word!

 
 
 
 
 

 
COMFORTTM SM Communication for Oncology Nurses Faculty:
 
Elaine Wittenberg, Ph.D.
City of Hope
 
Betty Ferrell, Ph.D., FAAN, FPCN
City of Hope
 
Patrick Coyne, MSN, ACHPN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, FPCN
Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center
 
Constance Dahlin,  APRN-BC, ACHPN®, FPCN, FAAN
North Shore Medical Center in Massachusetts
 
Denice Economou, MN/CNS, Ph.D-c
City of Hope
 
Susan Eggly, Ph.D.
Wayne State University School of Medicine/Karmanos Cancer Institute
 
Lee Ellington, Ph.D.
Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah
 
Joy Goldsmith, Ph.D.
University of Memphis
 
Maryjo Prince-Paul, Ph.D., APRN, ACHPN, FPCN
Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
 
Sandra L. Ragan, Ph.D.
The University of Oklahoma
 
Richard L. Street, Jr. Ph.D.
Texas A&M University
Houston Center for Quality of Care, Baylor College of Medicine
 
 
 
City of Hope/Beckman Research Institute, Nursing Research & Education-Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 13380, for 13 contact hours. No partial CEs given.  You must attend entire program to receive CEs.
 

COMFORT Communication

COMFORT Communication for Palliative Care Teams: Improving the Quality of Care

City of Hope's Division of Nursing Research and Education is excited to present "COMFORTTM SM Communication for Palliative Care Teams: Improving the Quality of Care" with generous support from the Archstone Foundation. We are not currently accepting applications, but hope to announce future course dates soon. Please contact Lisa Vallecorsa if you would like to be added to our mailing list, pallcarecomm@coh.org
 
On January 28-29, 2015 60 competitively selected teams learned and networked with other healthcare professionals during a two-day course at the California Endowment Center in Los Angeles (Address: 1000 N. Alameda St. Los Angeles, CA 90012, Next to Union Station).
 
Future offerings will be free to competitively selected interdisciplinary teams (two participants per team) from palliative care programs throughout the state of California. The aim of this grant-funded program is to improve the quality of care for patients and families by offering a palliative care communication course. The curriculum is appropriate for all core disciplines (physician, nurse, social worker, chaplain). Target Audience: CA-Based Palliative Care Professionals.
 
This course is organized by the themes of the COMFORT communication curriculum, an evidence-based, theoretically-grounded curriculum that summarizes the basic principles of palliative care communication. This interactive course will include communication skills-building sessions and provide participants with a communication toolkit that includes a copy of the curriculum, books, video examples, and additional resources to bring back to participant institutions. More information about health communication research, trainings and resources are  available via the Palliative Care Communication Institute (PCC Institute) website: www.pccinstitute.com.
 
The course is now CLOSED. Please email pallcarecomm@coh.org to be added to our mailing list for future course opportunities.
 
Each Selected Participant Receives:
 
  • Free Registration
  • Materials
  • Meals/Snacks
  • Goal Follow-Up: 6 & 9 Months Post-Course
  • 13.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU) &/or 13.25 CME Hours
  • Travel Information
Objectives of the Course:
  1. Demonstrate a minimum of two new communication skills for use in practice with patients with advanced disease and their family members
  2. Identify practices of patient-centered communication with patients and family members
  3. Define the narrative approach to clinical communication
  4. Describe the main principles of interdisciplinary team collaboration
 
To learn more about faculty for COMFORTTM SM Communication for Palliative Care Teams, click here!
 
*CEU Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, BRN Provider #: CEP 13380 for 13.5 contact hours; and course meets the qualifications for 13.5 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS Provider#: PCE 2401 (CE Provider: City of Hope National Medical Center/Beckman Research Institute). No partial CEs given. You must attend entire program to receive CEs.
 
CME Accreditation Statement: City of Hope is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
 
Credit Designation: City of Hope designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
 
Allied Health Care Professionals: Registered nurses may report up to 13.25 credit hour toward the continuing education requirement for license renewal by their state Board of Registered Nurses (BRN). CME may be noted on the license renewal application in lieu of a BRN provider number. • The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants states that AMA accredited Category 1 courses are accepted for re certification. City of Hope is accredited by the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences, PCE Provider #4017. This activity meets the qualifications for 13.25 hour credit for MFTs and or LCSWs as required by the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences.
 
 

Faculty: COMFORT Communication for PC Teams

COMFORT Communication for Palliative Care Teams: Faculty

Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN has been in nursing for 37 years and has focused her clinical expertise and research in pain management, quality of life, and palliative care. Dr. Ferrell is the Director of  Division of Nursing Research and Education and a Professor at City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in Duarte, California. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and she has over 350 publications in peer-reviewed journals and texts. She is Principal Investigator of a Program funded by the National Cancer Institute on “Palliative Care for Quality of Life and Symptom Concerns in Lung Cancer” and Principal Investigator of the “End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)” project. She directs several other funded projects related to palliative care in cancer centers and QOL issues. Dr. Ferrell is a member of the Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Cancer Institute and was Chairperson of the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care. Dr. Ferrell completed a Masters degree in Theology, Ethics and Culture from Claremont Graduate University in 2007. She has authored nine books including her latest book Communication in Palliative Nursing (Oxford University Press, 2013). Other titles include: Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing (Oxford University Press, 2010), Making Health Care Whole: Integrating Spirituality into Patient Care (Templeton Press, 2010), and The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Nursing (Oxford University Press, 2008). In 2013 Dr. Ferrell was named one of the 30 Visionaries in the field by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 
Elaine Wittenberg, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Division of Nursing Research and Education at City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in Duarte, CA. She holds a PhD in Communication from the University of Oklahoma. With a focus on hospice and palliative care, she is co-author of Communication as Comfort: Multiple Voices in Palliative Care (Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, 2008) which details the complexities of communication in end-of-life care and Dying with Comfort: Family Illness Narratives and Early Palliative Care (Hampton Press, 2010) both awarded Book of the Year by the National Communication Association. Her latest volume Communication in Palliative Nursing (Oxford University Press, 2013) details the COMFORT TM SM Communication Curriculum that provides interprofessional healthcare staff with instruction on palliative care communication. Dr. Wittenberg along with an editorial team of 7, are currently working on the Textbook of Palliative Care Communication, scheduled for publication in 2015 by Oxford University Press. She is co-founder of the Palliative Care Communication Institute (www.pccinstitute.com) and has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles on hospice and palliative care. Her work can be found in Qualitative Health Research, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Journal of Palliative Medicine, and the European Journal of Cancer Care. She and her colleagues recently launched Health Communication, a free iOS application that provides easy to use communication strategies accessible on smartphone or ipad.
 
Joy Goldsmith, PhD has been conducting research on communication and illness, specifically in the context of palliative care and hospice, for the last decade. Her numerous publications in clinical as well as communication journals address health communication training, oncology nurse training, interprofessional communication in health care, and family caregiver communication. A long-time collaborator with a team of health communication and clinical scholars, she has co-authored four books including Communication as Comfort: Multiple Voices in Palliative Care (Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, 2008), Dying with Comfort: Family Illness Narratives and Early Palliative Care (Hampton Press, 2010), Communication in Palliative Nursing (Oxford University Press, 2013), and Speaking of Dying (2012, Brazos Press). Currently she holds a contract with Oxford University Press for the Textbook of Palliative Care Communication, to be released in October, 2015. Her work also can be found in Qualitative Health Research, Health Communication, Social Science and Medicine, American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, Seminars in Oncology Nursing, Medical Teacher, and the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.
Judith Paice, PhD is currently the Director of the Cancer Pain Program in the Division of Hematology-Oncology, a Research Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University; Feinberg School of Medicine, as well as a full member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her clinical work is in the relief of cancer-related pain. In this role she has also conducted research examining the characteristics of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy; and is currently pursuing interventions to prevent and manage this syndrome. Dr. Paice has served in numerous professional leadership positions, including President of the American Pain Society and Secretary of the International Association for the Study of Pain. She has a strong commitment to educating other healthcare professionals regarding relief of cancer pain within the developed and developing world, and have traveled within the People’s Republic of China, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, Taiwan, Tanzania, and Tajikistan. As part of her dedication to teaching, she was one of the original consultants in the End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) and continues to serve as faculty.  Dr. Paice serves on the editorial board of Clinical Journal of Pain, Journal of Pain, and the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.
Terry Irish, BA, MDiv, DMin, BCC after completing Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Stanford Hospital & Clinics in the San Francisco Bay Area, he accepted the position as a staff chaplain at City of Hope, where he continues to serve as the Medical/Oncology and Pediatrics’ Department chaplain. He is a Board Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains.  He serves as the chaplain on a Program funded by the National Cancer Institute on “Palliative Care for Quality of Life and Symptom Concerns in Lung Cancer” and currently serves as the District Chaplaincy Director for the Los Angeles District, Church of the Nazarene. He served as a chaplain on an Archstone Foundation-funded “Demonstration Project for Improving the Quality of Spiritual Care” and currently serves as Co-Investigator for the Archstone Foundation-funded “Palliative Care Communication Training for Improved Quality of Care.”  He helped author the bereavement booklet “When Someone You Love Dies: A Guide to Bereavement” (2013), now in Spanish and soon to be translated into Chinese. In 2012 Rev. Dr. Irish received the Award of Excellence from the Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative in recognition of his contribution to cancer pain relief.
Sandra L. Ragan, Ph.D is Professor Emerita in the Department of Communication, University of Oklahoma.  Serving the University of Oklahoma from 1983-2006, she held the positions of graduate director, department chair, and associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.  She has co-authored seven scholarly books, including Communication as Comfort:  Multiple Voices in Palliative Care and its companion volumes Dying with COMFORT: Family Illness Narratives and Early Palliative Care and Communication and Palliative Nursing. Her books and scholarly articles can be found in Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Health Communication, Communication Yearbook, and others, and focus on language in social interaction, notably in the context of health communication, especially women’s health and palliative care. She has been writing about palliative care communication since 2003.
Lisa Kilburn-Vallecorsa, BA is a program coordinator at City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in Duarte, CA. Mrs. Vallecorsa works in the Division of Nursing Research and Education at City of Hope with Drs. Ferrell and Wittenberg. In addition to coordinating the COMFORT Communication for Palliative Care Teams and COMFORT Communication for Oncology Nurses programs, she assists with preparing, editing and submitting grant proposals; developing, marketing, coordinating and executing other educational programs and planning future curriculum and resource dissemination initiatives. Mrs. Vallecorsa is also website creator and webmaster for the Palliative Care Communication Institute, www.pccinstitute.com and social media coordinator. She collaborates with her team to develop educational tools for healthcare professionals, such as, A Communication Guide for Caregivers, COMFORT Communication video series and the forthcoming Textbook of Palliative Care Communication (Oxford University Press, October, 2015). Her previous work included coordinating the ExCEL in Social Work program, assisting with the Textbook of Palliative Social Work (Oxford University Press, 2011) and co-authoring articles in the Journal of Cancer Education, Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, and Research on Social Work Practice.
   
   
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

COMFORT Communication for Oncology Nurses

COMFORT Communication for Oncology Nurses

City of Hope's Division of Nursing Research and Education is presenting “COMFORTTM SM Communication for Oncology Nurses: Improving Patient-Centered Communication and Cancer Care”, a professional training program for oncology nurses funded by the National Cancer Institute. Apply Now-See Application Below. For any questions regarding application deadlines, contact Yvonne Rodriguez: yvrodriguez@coh.org
 
Registration is still open for the October 15-16, Washington, DC course (registration for the June course is now closed). This 2-day course is free to competitively selected oncology nurse teams (two participants per team) from cancer settings across the United States. The aim of this program is to improve cancer care across the disease trajectory by promoting nurse communication skill development. The curriculum is appropriate for any level of learner (13 CEUs will be offered).
 
Using the evidence-based COMFORTTM SM Communication Curriculum, these interactive courses will include communication skills-building sessions and provide participants with a communication toolkit that includes a copy of the curriculum, books, USB of video examples with teaching guide, and additional resources. Using a goal-directed method of teaching, faculty will help teams develop three goals for implementing process improvement related to communication. To learn more about the COMFORTTM SM curriculum, research, training and resources, visit the recently launched Palliative Care Communication (PCC) Institute website: www.pccinstitute.com
 
Each selected participant will receive:
 
  • Free registration
  • Materials
  • Meals/snacks
  • Goal follow-up at 6 and 12 months post-course
  • Continuing education units (CEU)
     
APPLY NOW and Spread the Word!

 
 
 
 
 

 
COMFORTTM SM Communication for Oncology Nurses Faculty:
 
Elaine Wittenberg, Ph.D.
City of Hope
 
Betty Ferrell, Ph.D., FAAN, FPCN
City of Hope
 
Patrick Coyne, MSN, ACHPN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, FPCN
Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center
 
Constance Dahlin,  APRN-BC, ACHPN®, FPCN, FAAN
North Shore Medical Center in Massachusetts
 
Denice Economou, MN/CNS, Ph.D-c
City of Hope
 
Susan Eggly, Ph.D.
Wayne State University School of Medicine/Karmanos Cancer Institute
 
Lee Ellington, Ph.D.
Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah
 
Joy Goldsmith, Ph.D.
University of Memphis
 
Maryjo Prince-Paul, Ph.D., APRN, ACHPN, FPCN
Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
 
Sandra L. Ragan, Ph.D.
The University of Oklahoma
 
Richard L. Street, Jr. Ph.D.
Texas A&M University
Houston Center for Quality of Care, Baylor College of Medicine
 
 
 
City of Hope/Beckman Research Institute, Nursing Research & Education-Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 13380, for 13 contact hours. No partial CEs given.  You must attend entire program to receive CEs.
 
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  • Cutaneous T cell lymphomas are types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that arise when infection-fighting white blood cells in the lymphatic system – called lymphocytes – become malignant and affect the skin. A primary symptom is a rash that arises initially in areas of the skin that are not normally exposed to sunlight....
  • There’s science camp, and then there’s “mystery” science camp. City of Hope’s new science camp for middle school students is of the especially engaging latter variety. From Monday, July 13, to Friday, July 17, rising middle-school students from across the San Gabriel Valley were presented with a “patient” with ...
  • Women diagnosed with breast cancer quickly learn their tumor’s type, meaning the characteristics that fuel its growth. That label guides the treatment of their disease, as well as their prognosis when it comes to treatment effectiveness. Sometimes, however, doctors can’t accurately predict treatment effectivene...
  • In years past, Bladder Cancer Awareness Month has been a sobering reminder of a disease with few treatment options. For patients with metastatic disease (disease that has spread from the bladder to distant organs), average survival is typically just over one year. Fortunately, things are changing. Academic inst...
  • Tina Wang was diagnosed with Stage 4 diffuse large b cell lymphoma at age 22. She first sought treatment at her local hospital, undergoing two cycles of treatment. When the treatment failed to eradicate her cancer, she came to City of Hope. Here, Wang underwent an autologous stem cell transplant and participate...
  • When Gilbert Fresquez, 72, lost an excessive amount of weight in late 2012, he didn’t think much of it. He assumed it was a side effect from a recent surgery to remove a carcinoid tumor in his small intestine. It wasn’t until a couple of years later during a routine doctor’s visit that the retired […]