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Defining Hope Study Guide Vignette 3: A Little Bit Makes the Biggest Difference

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Ms. Stephenson is a woman of faith. She discusses how she cared for people during the 1980’s AIDS crisis and how she tried to comfort people. She tells us that she is using her words “on herself.” Her goal is to go home. A Little Bit Makes the Biggest Difference is one of 14 brief video segments from Defining Hope, a one-hour, eighteen-minute film that follows patients, their family and caregivers, and the nurses that guide them along the way as they face death, embrace hope, and ultimately redefine what makes life worth living. A study guide was developed to stimulate audience reflection, conversation, and interaction with the purpose of advancing expertise in end-of-life care nursing practice. This guide highlights the video segments so that viewers may watch single segments of the film focused on topics. Suggests courses (nursing or other), as well as other care settings where educators may find value by embedding a particular video segment into curriculum to highlight a point. Suggests modules where educators may embed a particular video segment into their curriculum. In addition, you will earn 1 hour of nursing continuing professional development credit for viewing the content A little bit makes the difference.

CE Hour: 0.25 

CE Contact Hour: 0.25

Expires: August 11, 2024

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First Release Date: May 15, 2018
Expiration Date: May 31, 2020 - (open through August 11, 2021)

Second Release Date: August 12, 2021
Expiration Date: August 11, 2024
Location: Web-based and PDF file
Format: Video Segment Case Scenario and Study Guide 

Description
After interviewing and photographing over 100 nurses for her groundbreaking The American Nurse book and film, Carolyn Jones spent another two years researching and interviewing nurses for the film, Defining Hope. This documentary film follows patients, their family and caregivers, and the nurses that guide them along the way as they face end-of-life decisions and choices, embrace hope, and ultimately redefine what makes life worth living. The patient, caregiver, and nursing stories seek to open our mind and hearts to accepting dying as a part of life and access to palliative care and/or hospice care as a societal norm. What makes life worth living? How do you, as a nurse and an individual, define hope?

One of 14 brief video segments from the film, Defining Hope, this activity is intended to stimulate audience reflection, conversation, and interaction with the purpose of advancing expertise in end-of-life care nursing practice. Suggests courses (nursing or other), as well as other care settings where educators may find value by embedding a video segment into curriculum to highlight a point. Suggests End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) modules where ELNEC educators may find value by embedding a video segment into their curriculum.

Target Audience
This activity is intended for all registered nurse and advanced practice registered nurses. 

Statement of Need
A gap in knowledge exists related to the nurse's role and responsibilities in all settings for: (a) delivery of person-centered, family-oriented end-of-life care, and (b) clinician–patient communication and advance care planning.  

Educational Outcome

Upon completion of this learning activity, 

  1. 90% of nurse learners will demonstrate knowledge of the nurse's role and responsibility for providing care and support to meet patients' end-of-life needs. 

  2. 90% of nurse learners will report feeling prepared to fulfill the nurse's role and responsibility in end-of-life care.

Accreditation Statement
Walden University is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.