Center for Professional Development

Hope and Resilience at End of Life: Overcoming Compassion Fatigue

Course ID: EOLHR

2-day course
9.25 contact hours


May 2, 2019

May 3, 2019


The Atrium in Somerset, NJ
300 Atrium Drive
Somerset, New Jersey 08873

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Attendee Registration fees:

  • General registration = $350
  • Rutgers faculty, alumni, RWJ/Barnabas Health,
    Group registration (4 or more, at the
    same time)= $250
  • Rutgers current student = $175
  • RWJ/Barnabas VNA grant funded staff=$25
  • Onsite registration= $400

Doctors, nurses, social workers and chaplains working with
patients at end-of-life often feel uniquely called to this
compelling healthcare practice. Yet they are also more likely to
suffer from compassion fatigue and burnout than practitioners in
other specialties.

Presented by an experienced multidisciplinary panel of
speakers, this educational opportunity equips professionals
working in end-of-life care to combat compassion fatigue. This
conference will:

Participants will gain critical self-knowledge so they may continue to find
joy and satisfaction in serving patients with chronic or
life-limiting illness

Keynote Speaker & Workshop Presenter

Joyce DavidsonJoyce Davidson will share her perspective on compassion fatigue in healthcare practice, garnered over decades of experience in working with patients and their family members who face end-of-life. Ms. Davidson served as a palliative care counselor and a crisis/trauma/bereavement counselor with the Trauma Service at University Hospital in Newark. She was also an associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the New Jersey Medical School. Ms. Davidson was also the former director of bereavement and spiritual care at the Hospice of New York, covering all of New York City. Several years ago Ms. Davidson retired to northern New Mexico where she teaches a course, "Issues in Death and Dying," at Northern New Mexico College. She holds a master’s degree in thanatology and counseling, and a master’s certificate in medical ethics.


Location & Map

Rutgers Continuing Education Center
at Atrium
300 Atrium Drive
Somerset, New Jersey 08873

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Plentiful free parking is located in several adjacent lots.

The classrooms are located on the first floor off the right side of the main lobby. 


For guests requesting overnight accommodations, we suggest two hotels - The Double Tree by Hilton (732-469-2600) is located within an easy walk across the street from our classrooms.  The Double Tree also offers a courtesy shuttle service for guests to locations up to five miles away, including downtown New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Train Station.

Doubletree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center 
200 Atrium Dr
Somerset, NJ 08873
(732) 469-2600

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Guests will be honored at the Rutgers Corporate rate for the May 21st and 22nd, 2018. 

If flying into Newark Liberty, one transfer option is the Airport Monorail to the Newark Airport Train Station.  Then take NJ Transit to New Brunswick (southbound ~30 minutes). Hotels and classrooms are approximately five miles from the New Brunswick train station.  Taxi service is at street level, or call your hotel for shuttle service.

This program is co-sponsored by:

Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey Home Care and Hospice - Barnabas Health Home Care and Hospice - RWJBarnabas Health - VNA Healkth Group of New Jersey - A VNA Health Group and RWJBarnabas Health Partnership

A portion of this conference is made possible by the generous support of The Schwimmer Family in memory of their mother, Judith Schwimmer, who dedicated her lifelong career to improving lives through education.


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In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and RWJBarnabas Health Home Care & Hospice. Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences 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.

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is awarded 12.5 contact hours. (60 minute CH) Nurses should only claim those contact hours actually spent participating in the activity.

AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. PAs may receive a maximum of 12.5 Category 1 credits for completing this activity.

Approved for 12.5 CE hours for NJ & NY social workers.


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