Course Title:

Fundamental Aspects of Palliative Care

Course Duration

2 days

Upcoming dates

25th /26th May 2023

Target Audience

Registered nurses working in all healthcare settings.

Entry Requirements

Current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). Experience of nursing in a relevant health care setting, working with patients requiring a palliative care approach.

Course Description

The programme includes the philosophy and principles of palliative care; the holistic palliative care approach; the assessment and management of some of the most common symptoms experienced by palliative care patients; communication skills; palliative care emergencies and the theory of the use of a syringe pump in palliative care.

The course content will be delivered by members of the multidisciplinary palliative care team using a variety of teaching strategies.


To enhance the knowledge, attitudes, and skills of nurses on the fundamental aspects of palliative care, potentially enhancing clinical practice to augment the quality of life for patients and their families receiving palliative care.

Learning Outcomes

  • Relate the philosophy and principles of palliative care and their application to clinical practice.
  • Discuss the assessment and management of the more common symptoms experienced by palliative care patients.
  • Understand the rationale for the use of a continuous subcutaneous infusion via a syringe pump in palliative care patients.
  • Value the importance of a holistic approach to care for the patient and their family receiving palliative care.
  • Classify the early recognition signs and symptoms of palliative care emergencies and identify the management of same.


Certificate of attendance.

This programme also has 14 continuing education units from An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (NMBI).

Course Fee

€400, which includes a Registration pack on arrival and a Certificate of Attendance on completion.

For further information please contact;                                                                  

Helen Leahy, Academic Education Partner for Marymount University Hospital and Hospice on