Palliative Care 2023 Live (In-person) CNE Nursing Conference

Rochester, MN US
November 2, 2023 to November 3, 2023

November 2-3, 2023 - Siebens Building, Mayo Clinic - Rochester, MN - Central Time Zone

This CNE conference will explore a variety of topics impacting all members of the healthcare team related to palliative care. Topics include ethics, cultural care, caregiver self-care, difficult discussions, pharmacology, supporting children during parent illness, integrative therapies, experiential learning, sexuality & intimacy, and a caregiver story.


Target Audience

This CNE conference is designed for nurses working in palliative medicine, palliative care, and social workers.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Outline the role of the nurse when providing care for palliative patients
  • Identify practical ethics, grief and loss symptoms, and ways to support children in palliative care
  • Describe updates in therapies including integrative, pharmacological, cultural, dignity, end of life, sexuality, and caregiver self-care


Attendance at any Mayo Clinic course does not indicate or guarantee competence or proficiency in the skills, knowledge or performance of any care or procedure(s) which may be discussed or taught in this course.


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 12.50 ANCC
  • 9.75 ASWB
  • 13.50 Attendance
Event starts: 
11/02/2023 - 7:00am
Event ends: 
11/03/2023 - 5:00pm

All times listed are in Central Standard Time

November 2, 2023

7:00 AMRegistration and Continental Breakfast 
7:50 AMWelcome and Announcements 
8:00 AMDignity Therapy: A Narrative Legacy for Patients with Serious IllnessEllen Wild, RN, CHPN
8:45 AMCultural ConsiderationsKelly Kiker, MSN, RN, Salaheddin Sharif, MB, ChB, PhD, Graciela Porraz Capetillo, Valerie Guimaraes, RN
10:00 AMBreak 
10:15 AMA Family's Grief JourneyAnn Siverling, MDiv, BCC, MBA, CT; Cory Ingram, MD, MS, FAAHPM; Michael Rysavy, RN, MAN, PHN; Johnna O'Neill, and Carolyn Mueller, LICSW, MSW
11:15 AMSex and Intimacy in the Palliative Care SettingSarah Hancock-Hall, MS, LPCC, CST
12:00 PMLunch - on your own 
1:00 PMPractical Ethics in a Complex WorldLores Vlaminck, MA, BSN, RN ,CHPN
2:00 PMPharmacology in Palliative Care - A Focus on Pain ManagementLeslie Siegel, PharmD, RPh
3:00 PMBreak 
3:15 PMBefriending the End: Communication, Connection and Caregiving at the End-of-LifeCathy Wurzer and Mary Lou Falcone
4:15 PMAdjourn 


November 3, 2023

7:00 AMContinental Breakfast 
8:10 AMWelcome Back 
8:15 AMCare for the Caregiver: Evidence Based Methods for Engendering Resilience Among Professional and Family CaregiversSherry Chesak, PhD, MS, RN and Susanne Cutshall, DNP, APRN, APHN-BC, NBC-HWC
9:15 AMIncorporating Integrative Therapies into Clinical PracticeMaggie Kruger, DNP, RN, OCN and Abbey Metzger, DNP, RN, CHPN
10:15 AMBreak 
10:30 AMSupporting Children During A Loved One's Serious IllnessCasey Smith, LICSW, Sydney Bendtsen, MA, CCLS and Grace Fairfax
11:30 AMExperiential Learning - Music TherapyChristina Wood, MA, MT-BC
12:00 PMReikiMaggie Kruger, DNP, RN, OCN and Abbey Metzger, DNP, RN, CHPN
12:30 PMLunch - on your own 
1:30 PMDifficult Decisions for Serious IllnessLores Vlaminck, MA, BSN, RN, CHPN
2:30 PMGuided ImageryMaggie Kruger, DNP, RN, OCN and Abbey Metzger, DNP, RN, CHPN
3:00 PMAcupressure for Stress ReductionMaggie Kruger, DNP, RN, OCN and Abbey Metzger, DNP, RN, CHPN
3:30 PMA Caregiver Love StoryModerator: Ellen Wild, RN, CHPN
4:30 PMAdjourn 
Siebens Building, Phillips Hall
100 2nd Ave SW
Rochester, MN 55905
United States

All travel and lodging expenses are the sole responsibility of the individual registrant.

Course Director

Denise Rismeyer, MSN, RN, NPD-BC
Nursing Education Specialist-Continuing Nursing Education Program
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
Department of Nursing
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Credit Statements


Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this activity for a maximum of 13.50 ANCC contact hours. 


As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. Social workers completing this course receive 9.75 clinical continuing education credits. 

Other Healthcare Professionals

A record of attendance will be provided to all registrants for requesting credits in accordance with state nursing boards, specialty societies or other professional associations.

Available Credit

  • 12.50 ANCC
  • 9.75 ASWB
  • 13.50 Attendance


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Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion   

Mayo Clinic School of Continuous Professional Development (MCSCPD) strives to foster a learning environment in which individual differences are valued, allowing all to achieve their fullest potential.     

Cancellation and Refund Policy: 

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If the cancellation is made prior to the start of the activity, a refund less an administration fee of $25 will be issued. If the cancellation is made after the start of the activity, no refund will be issued. All refunds will be made using the same method as the original payment. 

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