1. Anthony, Maureen PhD, RN

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Q: After reading "Continuing Education for Home Care Nurses: An Integrative Literature Review" by Pavloff and Labrecque (2021), I am wondering-what are some sources for home care- and hospice-specific education for clinicians?


Fortunately, there are several sources of continuing education for home care and hospice clinicians conveniently available online.


Lippincott has a large collection of CE offerings available by specialty. You can select individual courses or join CESaver for $34.95/year and earn up to 100 contact hours. If you are a Home Healthcare Now subscriber, we offer at least one CE article every issue.


The Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center offers hospice and palliative care certification for registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse assistants, and administrators ( The Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing also offers hospice- and palliative care specific continuing education in each issue.


RCTCLEARN.NET is an online provider of continuing education for home care and hospice staff. There are over 100 courses-the most popular courses include: Abuse and Neglect for Health Care Professionals, Infection Control for the Professional Clinician, Patient Privacy and HIPAA Overview for Professionals, Medicare 101, Approaching Care for Dementia, Basic Infection Prevention and Control, Patient Privacy and HIPAA Overview for Paraprofessional, and Abuse and Neglect for Health Care Paraprofessional.


The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has a Home Health Learning Center ( that offers home care specific continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants. Course topics (among others) include chronic disease management, dizziness, depression, angina, and nutrition screening.


Similarly, the American Occupational Therapy Association ( offers online continuing education. Topics related to home care include home modification, community mobility, falls prevention for community dwelling adults, modifying the environment for low vision, transitions from hospital to home, and promoting medication adherence.


I have found to be another good source for free continuing education. Topics, among others, include heart failure, tele-healthcare, dementia, diabetes, hypertension, home cancer care, children with complex needs, and care transitions.


Finally, is a source of nursing education courses, some of which are free. There are many courses specific to home care including transitions of care, legal risks, wound care, and an orientation to home care for new nurses.


Social connectedness, sleep, and physical activity associated with better mental health among youth during the COVID-19 pandemic

NIH: Longitudinal survey data of more than 3,000 adolescents ages 11-14 recorded before and during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 found that supportive relationships with family and friends and healthy behaviors, like engaging in physical activity and better sleep, appeared to shield against the harmful effects of the pandemic on adolescents' mental health. Researchers also explored predictors of perceived stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms, and found that girls were more likely than boys to experience psychological distress during the pandemic. Psychosocial factors, including poorer quality and functioning of family relationships, more screen time, and witnessing discrimination in relation to the pandemic, also predicted youth distress.




Pavloff M., Labrecque M. E. (2021). Continuing education for home care nurses: An integrative literature review. Home Healthcare Now, 39(6), 310-319. [Context Link]