Deborah Grassman Presents “Wounded Warriors: Their Last Battle”

Hospice & Palliative Care Network of Maryland presents a daylong event with nationally known speaker,  Deborah Grassman
Wounded Warriors:  Their Last Battle
August 25, 2010     9:00am- 5:00pm
Annie’s Paramount Steak & Seafood House
500 Kent Narrows Way North, Grasonville, MD

Many veterans are facing the end of life and their struggles and issues are often different from the rest of our patient populations.  The Hospice and Palliative Care network of Maryland is excited to host a daylong program with nationally known speaker, Deborah Grassman.

Deborah Grassman has been with the VA for 26 years and has been the Director of the Hospice program at the VA since 1996.  A featured speaker at Hospice and VA conferences throughout the United State, Deborah has published numerous articles on providing Hospice care to veterans. She pioneered identifying the effects of past trauma on the quality of a person’s dying process, as well as ways to respond effectively to issues that surface at the end of life.

Deborah Grassman is currently a Nurse Practitioner, at Bay Pines VAMC, in St. Petersburg, Florida.

As a hospice nurse at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Deborah Grassman often heard the comment “Isn’t your work depressing?” Like many others, she had begun her hospice career with that same prejudice. She feared death itself, and because of that fear, she was unaware that she could find peace, joy, and fulfillment in caring for people at the end of their lives. She had no special training in caring for veterans, and she had no reason to think that veteran’s needs were any different from nonveterans.

With time and experience, however, she began to realize that these veterans had experiences and training that made them different from other hospice patients. Likewise, she began to understand that she could learn lessons about peace from those trained for war.

This program is for all hospice and end of life care providers, caregivers, volunteers, and anyone who works with the nation’s veterans. This is a health professional educational conference.   Four modules:   Wounded Warriors, Heroes Within, Prognostication, and Peace at Last will be discussed.  Hospice & Palliative Care Network of Maryland member price is $119 per person, non-member price $159 per person. Please call or email Executive Director, Christine Crabbs for half-day options to this exciting event.

Pre-registration is required.  Please go to www.hnmd.org, click Educational Events on the left menu, download, then fax a registration form to the Hospice and Palliative Care office.

For more information, please contact: Christine Crabbs, phone-(410) 729-4571, email- cchospicemd@hnmd.org

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