Continuing Education

Each year our patient care volunteers are responsible for earning 12 hours of continuing education to remain active. Volunteers are given credit for 4 of these twelve hours for reading At the Heart, our quarterly volunteer newsletter.  Volunteers must earn the other 8 hours by attending an in-service or completing self-study opportunities by the end of the year.  Our 2018 educational opportunities are listed below along with a few last self-study opportunities for 2017:

 Book Club

“Slow Dancing with a Stranger” written by Meryl Comer

When Meryl Comer’s husband Harvey Gralnick was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 1996, she watched as the man who headed hematology and oncology research at the National Institutes of Health started to misplace important documents and forget clinical details that had once been cataloged encyclopedically in his mind. With harrowing honesty, she brings readers face to face with this devastating condition and its effects on its victims and those who care for them. Detailing the daily realities and overwhelming responsibilities of caregiving, Comer sheds intensive light on this national health crisis, using her personal experiences — the mistakes and the breakthroughs — to put a face to a misunderstood disease, while revealing the facts everyone needs to know.

  • Hospice of Lincoln County- Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 1pm- 3pm, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC
  • Learning Resource Center-Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 6pm-8pm, 6624 Walsh Boulevard, Charlotte, NC (dinner served)
  • Levine & Dickson Hospice House-Huntersville-Thursday, February 21, 2019, 10am - 12pm, 11900 Vanstory Drive, Huntersville, NC
RSVP to  Anita Gluodenis at volunteermgr@hpccr.org

Spring 2019 In-service

Compassionate Communication: Communicating with Others, Communicating with Yourself

  • Hospice of Lincoln County-Tuesday, March 5, 2019 1pm- 3pm, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC
  • Levine & Dickson Hospice House-Huntersville-Thursday, March 7, 2019 6pm - 8pm (Dinner served), 11900 Vanstory Drive, Huntersville, NC
  • CPCA-Saturday, March 9, 2019 9am - 11am, 7600 Little Avenue, Charlotte, NC 

RSVP to  Anita Gluodenis at volunteermgr@hpccr.org

Movie Showing

Patch Adams

After struggling with depression in a mental hospital, Hunter "Patch" Adams (Robin Williams) decides he wants to become a doctor. He enrolls at Virginia Medical University but is disillusioned by the school's clinical perspective on patient care. With the aid of a wealthy friend, Adams opens his own medical clinic for those without insurance. He forms a deep bond with fellow medical student Carin Fisher (Monica Potter) before a tragedy causes Adams to re-evaluate his approach.

  • CPCA- 7600 Little Avenue, Charlotte, Tuesday, October 16, 2018 6-8pm (dinner served)
  • LDHH-Huntersville- 11900 Vanstory Drive, Huntersville, Tuesday, October 23, 2018 2-4pm

RSVP to Anita Gluodenis at volunteermgr@hpccr.org or 704-602-0890. 

 

CARE Retreat

  • Levine & Dickson Hospice House-Huntersville-Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9am - 2pm, 11900 Vanstory Drive, Huntersville, NC
  • Center for Palliative Care Advancement, August 17, 2019, 9am - 2pm, 7600 Little Avenue, Charlotte, NC 

 

Skills Fair

The Skills Fair is a great way to easily schedule your “joint visit” to complete this important ACHC (Accreditation Commission for Health Care) requirement, network with other  volunteers, and receive 2 hours of continuing education! Choose from any of the sessions listed below and RSVP to Anita Gluodenis at volunteermgr@hpccr.org or 704-602-0890. 

Stay tuned for dates to come!

*Please know that we would love to do your joint visit in person, as you make a regular visit to your current patient. If you prefer to meet your joint visit requirement by having your volunteer manager meet you on your visit, please contact them to schedule your visit.

 

Self-Study Opportunities

If you have not watched the following movies or read the following books, you can check them out from one of our offices through your Volunteer Manager. Questions will be provided along with the movie or the book for you to answer and submit for 2 hours of continuing education for each. If you are unsure if you have used one of these for self-study in the past, please check with your Volunteer Manager.

Movies: (Volunteers will received 2 hours of continuing education for watching a movie and answering questions provided by the Volunteer Department)

Christmas in Conway

Decoding Annie Parker

Hachi

It's Not Yet Dark

Patch Adams

PS I Love You

The Bucket List

The Descendants

The Doctor

The Letters

We Bought a Zoo

Wit

What Dreams May Come

Books: (Volunteers will receive 4 hours of continuing education for reading a book and answering questions provided by the Volunteer Department)

As I Lay Dying

Being Mortal

Being with the Dying, "Memories of a Grateful Hospice Volunteer", written by Terry Denny

Final Gifts

Glimpses of Heaven by Trudy Harris, RN

Knocking on Heaven’s Door

Laughter, Tears and Braids

Life Lessons

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

Same Kind of Different as Me

Seeing the Crab

Still Alice

The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Bright Hour:  A Memoir of Living & Dying by Nina Riggs

The Fault in Our Stars

When Breath Becomes Air

When Evening Comes

Heard of a great event coming up in the community?

Let your volunteer manager know PRIOR to the event, and, if appropriate, it can be approved for continuing education credit, AND advertised to our volunteers.

Attend an IDT Meeting

Join one of our Volunteer Coordinators and the rest of the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) at an IDT meeting and receive two hours of continuing education. IDT meetings are held every Wednesday. Times and locations vary, so contact your volunteer coordinator to schedule your attendance.

Join us for part of Volunteer Training

Want a refresher? Volunteers are always invited to join us for part of New Volunteer Training. The Policies and Procedures section is typically reviewed on our last day of New Volunteer Training, and is especially helpful for current volunteers who haven't been through training in several years. Feeling like you need a little help with boundaries? Perhaps the social worker section of training would benefit you. Interested in more on the physiology of dying? Then the nursing piece might be the right fit. If you are interested in possibly attending a portion of New Volunteer Training, talk with your volunteer manager to reserve a space. Continuing education hours will vary based on the portion of training you attend.

2017 Continuing Education Packet for volunteers missing continuing education for 2017 - please print and return page 1 only, signed and dated.