Don’t Miss Deadline for Jewell Palliative Care Scholar Program

Applications are being accepted until Friday, December 29 for the Jewell Palliative Care Scholar Program. The course was created to provide caregivers with training and tools to assist patients and families in end-of-life care. The seven-week program will prepare nurses for Hospice & Palliative Care Credentialing Center Certification (HPCC). A completed online application with corresponding letters of recommendation will be considered for course selection. To learn more about the program, download the brochure. Complete the online application.

The Story Behind the Success of Palliative Care Scholar Program


Alicia Wierenga, NP, and Jessica Roy, RN, are part of our Palliative Care Scholar Program.

The Jewell Palliative Care Scholar Program, which helps fortify end-of-life care at our Medical Center, has graduated its second class. Read the Telegram & Gazette’s Sunday’s front page story and learn about how a family’s painful experience losing a loved one led to developing the program. A total of 22 caregivers were a part of the latest cohort including nurses from 8 West where the unit’s nurse manager, Alicia Wierenga, MSN, NP,  has been a catalyst in establishing the program. “What struck me was how, we as nurses, have so many tasks to accomplish, we sometimes forget to be present with the patient. By not improving that, we’ll lose that art of nursing,” Wierenga said.

Jewell Palliative Care Scholar Program Provides End-of-life Care Training

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Left, scholars from the first palliative care program celebrate their graduation from the Jewell Palliative Care Scholar Program. Right, the logo from the program pin.

Though now retired, Cathy Jewell, MHA, RN, former chief nursing officer, has influenced many caregivers and programs at the Medical Center. Her commitment to palliative care stands out. The Jewell Palliative Care Scholar Program was created to provide caregivers with training and tools to assist patients and families in end-of-life care. A grant was written for 11 Medical Center caregivers to be trained in the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium under Cathy’s supervision, and they graduated from the program December 2015. As a result of the program’s great success, another 21 scholars have been selected from 37 applications.