Study Guide

This guide was designed to accompany the full film, and to foster clinician and student reflection, conversation and interaction. The guide highlights scenes in the film that cover a range of topics critical to patients and healthcare providers.

Objectives: By the end of this film, viewers will be able to:

1. Discuss key factors that affect patient and family decision making about end-of-life care.

2. Differentiate between hospice and palliative care.

3. Compare and contrast the terms sympathy and empathy.

4. Discuss internal conflicts that people may encounter when making decisions about whether to pursue aggressive treatment for life threatening illnesses.

5. Describe the role of the nurse in palliative care/hospice settings.

6. Discuss how family members play a significant role in decision making surrounding care choices.

This educational material has been thoughtfully created by the American Nurses Foundation and D. Mager, DNP, RN-BC, Associate Professor of Nursing, Fairfield University, for the American Nurses Foundation, with funding from the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation.


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