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Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd S.
Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565

Phone: (239) 590-1065
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FGCU Office of Continuing Education and Off Campus Programs Hosts "Ethical Dilemmas at End of Life" Lecture
11/29/2011

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University's Continuing Education and Off Campus Programs, in collaboration with 21st Century C.A.R.E. and the Fort Myers Ministerial Association, presents "Ethical Dilemmas at End of Life" lecture and luncheon for faith leaders, healthcare professionals, caregivers, and those involved or interested in palliative care, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18 at The Atrium, 8695 College Parkway, Suite 1181, in Fort Myers. Registration begins at 11a.m. A buffet luncheon will be provided by Dignity Memorial.

There is no cost for the lecture; however, clergy or healthcare professionals desiring a Certificate of Attendance the cost is $10. Contact hours through State of Florida's CE Broker for most healthcare professions available; cost for contact hours is $15.

Seating is limited to 75, and reservations are required by Jan. 6 at (239) 938-9301.

Participants will learn about the process of ethical decision-making and the four principles of bio-medical ethics. End of life ethical dilemmas such as disclosure and communication, decision-making, artificial nutrition and hydration, palliative sedation and assisted suicide will be discussed in addition to complicating factors such as when patients are children or adolescents. Attendees will also learn about the ways that cultural values and beliefs may influence ethical decisions at the end of life, and the ways that ethical issues can create moral distress and influence the grief reactions of families, hospice and palliative staff and volunteers.

Kenneth J. Doka, professor of gerontology at The College of New Rochelle and senior consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America, is keynote speaker. Doka has written numerous books on end of life care, and published journal articles dealing with grief and loss issues.

For further information, contact Christina Gallagher at (239) 425-3277.


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