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New Rules for End-of-Life Care with Barbara Karnes RN

Learn from an award-winning hospice nurse and end-of-life educator who writes about the normal and natural process of dying.

Thursday September 28, 2017

10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern

My guest Barbara Karnes RN is a pioneer of the hospice movement who has been traveling the country since 1994 speaking about end-of-life issues. Her documentary film New Rules for End of Life Care has garnered numerous awards and sparked conversations all around the world about the normal and natural process of dying. She is also the author of "the little blue book" Gone From My Sight, which has been in print continuously since 1985 and has been utilized by hospices throughout the country for educating patients and families.


In this interview you will learn:

What inspired Barbara to write Gone From My Sight

Barbara's "New Rules" for end of life care and why we need them now

What Barbara finds discouraging and encouraging about the current state of end of life care

Barbara's advice for hospice workers

How to avoid burnout and compassion fatigue


Barbara Karnes, RN, is an internationally respected speaker, educator, author and thought leader on matters of end of life. She is a renowned authority to explain the dying process to families, healthcare professionals and the community at large.

Barbara has held both clinical and leadership positions, including staff nurse, clinical supervisor and executive director at Hospice Care of Mid America in Kansas City, Missouri, as well as Olathe Medical Center Hospice and Home Health in Olathe, Kansas. An award-winning nurse and end of life educator, Barbara received THE HEART OF HEALTH CARE AWARD from Kansas University Nursing, THE HORIZON AWARD for Education from Nebraska Methodist College and THE INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN WOMAN OF THE YEAR 2015 form the World Humanitarian Awards.

Since 1994, Barbara has traveled the country speaking about end of life issues and the dynamics of dying at national and state hospice and palliative care organization conferences, state associations, colleges, nursing schools, hospitals, and hospices. She is the expert that hospice and other healthcare professionals count on to teach them how to explain the dying process to families.

Barbara Karnes writes the popular blog, "Something to Think About: a blog on end of life," and maintains an active presence in social media with online communities on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter. Barbara has dedicated the last 35 years of her life to the education, care, and comforting of dying people and their loved ones. The most useful things she's learned along the way have been distilled into her materials.



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