To celebrate National Home Care Month and National Diabetes Month, Metropolitan Jewish Health System hosted two November events an end-of-life educational conference and a diabetes in home care conference.
The Nov. 10 end-of-life conference, The Same But Different, explored the rituals and customs practiced by different faiths and cultures during the end of life. The program included a broad panel of interfaith and interdisciplinary professionals, such as Marlene E. McHugh, RN, associate director of palliative care at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, N.Y., who shared their rewarding real-life experiences providing end-of-life care.
In addition to the panelists and presenters, keynote speaker Thomas Lynch shed light on the different traditions and beliefs people have about the dying process. An accomplished educator, poet, author, and funeral director, Lynchs work has been featured on PBSs Frontline, BBC, The New York Times, and Newsweek. He also regularly presents to hospice, medical, and spiritual professionals.Thomas Lynch
On Nov. 11, the health system hosted a continuing education course called Diabetes in Home Care at its headquarters in Brooklyn. Dozens of nurses gathered to learn about caring for diabetic patients in a home care setting from a multidisciplinary panel, including a diabetic nurse practitioner, social workers, RNs, and occupational and physical therapists. The following staff members led the session: Metropolitan Jewish Home Cares Kevin DeEsso, RN, MS, RD, CDE, a nurse practitioner who specializes in diabetes; Deborah DeNigris, DNP(s), PMHNP-BC; Sandra Flickstein, PT, MA, COS-C; Andrea Zaldivar, MS, ANP-BC, CDE; Robin Fickelstein, OT; Marina Begun, RB; and Sophia Levenzon, RN.
During the course, participants explored the signs and symptoms of diabetes in home care patients, learned how to properly assess patients, learned about types of interventions, and when to get other practitioners involved in a patients care.
Its especially important for home care nurses to have the tools and resources they need because diabetes is the second most common diagnosis for patients in the home care setting, DeEsso said in a news release.