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Hospice and Palliative
Care with Lisa Gifford
How do we find the best
care, at the end of life, for our patients, our loved ones, ourselves? There’s
a growing sense that something different from ordinary hospital care may be
needed. Palliative care is now recognized as a medical specialty. Hospice care
is provided by a complicated mix of agencies—and often is not utilized until
the last few days of life. Who is willing to ask the patient, "At this point in
your life, what is important to you?”—and truly listen and accept the answer?
Lisa Gifford DNP RN is
fulltime Assistant Professor with the University of San Francisco Nursing
School. She is a consultant to families and agencies with a focus on best
possible end of life care.
Dr. Gifford’s career in
health care spans many years, including ICU, cardiac care, recovery room, home
health, hospice and retirement facilities for the elderly. Her responsibilities
have been bedside, administration and board of trustees, elected a trustee for
local Hospital District and High School boards.
Her doctoral work was on
the use of Board Certified Music Therapy to bridge distrust between the
African-American population and the white Anglo-Saxon hospice movement in the
USA. The pilot project increased the census of African Americans in hospice
care from 10% to 25%.
Lisa is currently energized
by interdisciplinary learning and application of the arts to healing and
health. She teaches complex adaptive thinking to her nursing students and
encourages re-connecting with the humanity of the patient. She is interested in
expanding professional nursing’s respect for the whole person as one human
organism, beyond the concept of "body, mind and spirit.”
You may contact Dr. Gifford