Some of the audio teachings of the late Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, MD, whose theories include the groundbreaking Five Stages of Grief, were launched Nov. 1 as a three-part, interprofessional video CE series, “Lessons from the Dying Patient.” The courses are a joint effort by Nurse.com and ContinuingEducation.com — two healthcare brands of OnCourse Learning — and the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation.
The CE series features original audio recordings of Kübler-Ross, a Swiss-born psychiatrist, author and research pioneer, whose acclaimed book “On Death and Dying” was published in 1969. It also feature’s photographs from throughout her life.
“There’s a visual story being told as you listen to her,” said Jennifer Mensik, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, executive director for nursing, medicine and pharmacy education programs for OnCourse Learning. “Some of the pictures that we’re using are exclusively from the family from when she was a child and during her career.”
Kübler-Ross dedicated her life to educating people around the world about death, dying and grief. She is considered one of the founders of the modern-day hospice movement in the U.S. and is the author of two dozen books, which have sold in excess of 10 million copies around the world.
The courses, which are accredited for nurses, physicians, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, dietitians and social workers, are debuting this month, which is designated as National Hospice & Palliative Care Month by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. The webinars are debuting on the following dates:
- Nov. 1: The Fear of Death
- Nov. 8: The Five Stages of Grieving
- Nov. 15: Children and Death & Sudden Death
“Her work is not only inspirational, but also very important on both personal and societal levels,” said Ken Ross, Kübler-Ross’ son and the foundation’s founder. “She pioneered the most widely used techniques for helping dying patients and their families, which have obtained even more recognition and validity with every passing year.”
TIME Magazine named her “one of the 100 most important thinkers of the 20th century.” She was chosen Woman of the Year in 1977 by Ladies’ Home Journal and was the publication’s Woman of the Decade for sciences for the 1970s.
No matter what setting a healthcare provider works in, death and dying are commonplace. “About 20% of patients still die in hospitals,” Mensik said. “How do we give everyone the education they need to take care of these patients? These courses get people thinking, and it starts the conversation in healthcare organizations about how each of us works with death and dying and our own fears. Through her stories and her original work, we’re able to learn from her about this important topic and engage people to seek further education.”
To learn more about the courses or to sign up, visit our website.
A video preview of the courses is available on YouTube.