Modules

Each SUNSET Module is unique, and the content for each covers a specific topic related to end-of-life care. However, as health and social services providers, and as human beings, we realize that life does not just present us with one challenge or issue at a time. We have designed SUNSET to give you opportunities to explore many areas related to end-of-life care. Most of the modules should take about one hour to complete. If you are interrupted or find you have limited time available, you may leave the module in progress and return to complete it at a later time.

Once you complete a module you will be able to print a Documentation of Successful Completion certificate for that module from the OSU Office of Geriatrics and Interprofessional Aging Studies. You may present this certificate to your professional organization for consideration of continuing education credit approval. Additionally, all completed modules remain available in your student account for review and reference in the future. 

Looking for additional distance education?  Check out Topics in Gerontology at aginged.osu.edu for modules with similar format on a wide range of issues important to the field of aging. 

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1.0 Continuing Education Credit Hour

This module is a review of how caregiver stress specifically manifests in the workplace. Stress is defined and described in terms of its physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual signs and symptoms. Stress management strategies, as well as ...(Read More)

1.0 Continuing Education Credit Hour

This module describes a number of skill sets, including active listening and assertiveness skills. In addition, Buckman's SPIKES protocol for delivering bad news, as well as specific clinical situations that require specialized communication skills, are reviewed.

1.0 Continuing Education Credit Hour

Not only is the population we take care of culturally diverse, but long-term care staffs have become a culturally-diverse population as well. This Module shares information about the importance of valuing cultural diversity during times of serious...(Read More)

1.0 Continuing Education Credit Hour

This module reviews the issues that affect how decisions are made with regard to end of life care. In long-term care settings, many of these decisions may seem foregone conclusions however, as the health status of a resident changes, these decisio...(Read More)

1.0 Continuing Education Credit Hour

This module reviews basic ethical principles, professional codes of conduct and patient bills of rights that affect the care that is given to residents in long-term care settings. Steps designed to help you work through ethical dilemmas are outlin...(Read More)

1.0 Continuing Education Credit Hour

The purpose of this module is to identify the family as the focus of care during such life events. In order to give gold standard end of life care to our residents, we must also respond therapeutically to the needs of their families. This module e...(Read More)

1.0 Continuing Education Credit Hour

This module is an exploration of the process of grief as the normal human reaction to all loss and provides a blueprint for understanding how to respond to family, residents, and staff who are grieving both individually and programmatically.

This module does not provide continuing education credit

This module reviews the components of a mental health assessment as well as those strategies designed to keep older adult residents mentally healthy. In addition, the more common mental health challenges for this population are described and specific interventions suggested.

1.0 Continuing Education Credit Hour

In this module, the processes that accompany normal aging are described. In light of what has been learned regarding the importance of healthy lifestyle choices, these parameters are changing the face of aging. Additionally, the dying process is...(Read More)

This module does not provide continuing education credit

This module reviews signs of spiritual distress and provides a spiritual assessment format. In addition, the death beliefs and practices associated with the world's major religions are described. Since much of what is considered spiritual ca...(Read More)