Hope and Resilience at the End-of-Life Education Conference

Barnabas Health Hospice/VNA of Central Jersey Hospice and the Rutgers University School of Nursing will co-host an educational end-of-life conference, “Hope and Resilience at the End-of-Life.”

Target Audience:

  • Nurses
  • RN
  • APN
  • Nursing Students
  • Social Workers
  • Physicians
  • Volunteers
  • Chaplains


Presented by an experienced multidisciplinary panel of speakers, the educational opportunity is designed to give attendees the knowledge to:

  1. Summarize the broad spectrum of factors which influence the end-of-life experience for patients and their families.
  2. Define the effects of caring for incurably ill patients on family and professional care providers.
  3. Identify ways to strengthen resilience in caregiving.

The conference will feature presentations from nationally recognized physicians and other health care leaders including keynote speakers BJ Miller, MD, and Jessica Zitter, MD, author of Extreme Measures. Both will address the conference theme of instilling hope for terminally-ill patients to have a positive life experience until the very end.

Health care professionals and students, religious leaders, volunteers, and community members are invited to attend. Approximately 14 continuing education contact hours will be offered. To register, visit nursing.rutgers.edu/CE.

About the Keynote Speakers

BJ Miller, MD, is one of the preeminent speakers on patient-centered care, palliative and end-of-life care. Drawing on his ability as a physician, former executive director of Zen Hospice Project, and as a patient, he is an advocate for a health care system that maximizes quality of life and that minimizes unnecessary suffering. His TED Talk, “What Really Matters at the End of Life,” about encouraging empathic end-of-life care, with some discussion on keeping the patient at the center of care, has garnered over 5 and one-half million views and ranked among the most viewed talks. The New York Times article, “One Man's Quest to Change the Way We Die,” featured his story, and he was recently a guest on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday talk show.

Jessica Zitter, MD, practices ICU and palliative care at the county hospital in Oakland, California. She is the author of Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life. Her essays and articles have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, the Huffington Post, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and other publications. An Oscar and Emmy-nominated short documentary, Extremis, now streaming on Netflix, features her work. She regularly lectures and speaks on the radio on the topic of dying in America.

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