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Joan Chrastek, RN, CHPN, DNP, FPCN

Joan Chrastek Instructor Bio:

Joan "Jody" Chrastek was born and brought up in India and trained as a nurse in Scotland. She has worked as a midwife and hospice nurse in the UK, India, and the USA with adults and children. She has worked in hospice and palliative care for more than 35 years in both inpatient and community settings. She has provided pediatric palliative care and hospice for 25 years, specializing in home care, education of professionals, and program development. Her doctorate in nursing practice focused on assisting adult community hospice programs to accept children. She taught the required hospice and palliative care course at the Globe University School of Nursing, has been a preceptor for pediatric palliative care, and is a mentor for Doctor of Nursing Practice students in pediatric and adult home palliative care. She is a trainer for both End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) and for Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (EPEC) and has trained interdisciplinary teams in these programs nationally and internationally. She is a member of the Minnesota Palliative Care Advisory Council and coleader of the Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition of Minnesota. She has published and presented on hospice and palliative care issues in journals. She has contributed to textbooks such as the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care for Children, and Advanced Practice Palliative Nursing in the "Pediatric Palliative Care in the Community" chapter.


Jody was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow and was accepted as a Fulbright India Fellow. She is presently working in a community-based hospice and home care providing mentoring, education, and leadership to nurses caring for pediatric patients.

Joan Chrastek's Continuing Education Courses

Introduction to Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care

Introduction to Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care

Video Runtime: 40 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 33 Minutes

Pediatric hospice and palliative care have many similarities and differences to their adult counterparts. This fast-paced course gives an introductory overview… Read Morearrow_right

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Pediatric Palliative Care and Hospice: Symptom Management

Pediatric Palliative Care and Hospice: Symptom Management

Video Runtime: 46 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 34 Minutes

This course provides an overview of the most common symptoms that children can experience when they need palliative or hospice care. This course discusses symptoms… Read Morearrow_right

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Pediatric Palliative Care and Hospice: Grief and Bereavement

Pediatric Palliative Care and Hospice: Grief and Bereavement

Video Runtime: 40 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 31 Minutes

This course gives an overview of common types of grief and how they present. Jody provides guidance on how to talk to children and parents about the dying process… Read Morearrow_right

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Pediatric Palliative Care and Hospice: Final Weeks, Days, and Hours

Pediatric Palliative Care and Hospice: Final Weeks, Days, and Hours

Video Runtime: 46 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 36 Minutes

Caring for children at the end of life can be challenging in many ways. Yet with support, knowledge, and compassion, it can be fulfilling and meaningful. This… Read Morearrow_right

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Pediatric Palliative Care and Hospice: Pain Assessment and Intervention

Pediatric Palliative Care and Hospice: Pain Assessment and Intervention

Video Runtime: 43 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 33 Minutes

Good pain management for children who have hospice and palliative care needs can be complex and challenging. However, some simple steps can make achieving excellent… Read Morearrow_right

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Pediatric Palliative Care and Hospice: Communication and Self-Care

Pediatric Palliative Care and Hospice: Communication and Self-Care

Video Runtime: 40 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 23 Minutes

Good, compassionate communication is an essential skill for nurses to have as they care for children who need hospice or palliative care and their families.… Read Morearrow_right

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