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Thursday May 9, 2013, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    Breakfast is provided at 9:00AM

Friday May 10, 2013, 8:30 AM - 3:30PM
    Breakfast is provided at 8:00AM

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O'Connor Hospital Medical Office Building 
2101 Forest Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128

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Suzanne Richards 
Coalition for Compassionate Care of California 
(916) 489-2222 

POLST: It Starts with a Conversation 

California POLST Education Program 


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Program Description

POLST: It Starts with a Conversation - The California POLST Education Program is a two-day train-the-trainer course using the standardized California POLST training curriculum.  It includes a series of educational modules and interactive exercises designed to provide an understanding of the POLST Paradigm, as well as how to complete the form to reflect a patient’s wishes.  The training also provides opportunities for attendees to develop skills for facilitating meaningful conversations with patients and their families about POLST and goals of care, and ideas for implementing POLST within communities and training other individuals.


At the completion of this course, the active participant will be able to:

1)       Describe the purpose of the POLST Paradigm
2)       List the differences between an Advance Directive and the POLST form
3)       Differentiate between POLST and DNR forms
4)       Identify the target population for POLST completion
5)       Facilitate a POLST conversation with a patient/surrogate and document
          the patient’s treatment wishes on a POLST form
6)      Train others in the POLST Paradigm

Who Should Attend

The education program is designed for:

  • Organizations and communities/coalitions initiating a POLST program
  • Individuals/coalitions who will be educating professional healthcare staff and/or the community about POLST, including:  physicians, nursing, social service, chaplains and other interested staff from skilled nursing and acute care hospitals, emergency medical services, home health and hospice 

Training Information


O'Connor Hospital Medical Office Building
2101 Forest Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128


May 9, 2013, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm; breakfast at 9:00 am
May 10, 2013, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm; breakfast at 8:00 am

Suggested Accommodations 

Four Points by Sheraton
211 S. First Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Call (408) 282-8800 – request the CCCC rate of $149 per night by April 18.  Complimentary wireless internet.


Early Registration (by April 25)          Late Registration (after April 25) 

CCCC Member = $299 per person                CCCC Member = $339 per person

Non-Member = $329 per person                    Non-Member = $369 per person

Fee must be received prior to training.  Registration includes training materials, continuing education credit, and breakfast and lunch on both days of the training.  A limited number of partial scholarships are available through a grant from the California HealthCare Foundation.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made in writing no later than 5 business days prior to the first day of training, and faxed to (888) 789-9475 or e-mailed to info@CoalitionCCC.org.  A $25 non-refundable processing fee will be retained for each cancellation.  No refunds will be made after this date.  No shows are subject to the full registration fee.  Substitutions are encouraged.


A registration confirmation will be sent via e-mail one week in advance.  Directions and parking information will be included.

Continuing Education Credit

Full attendance at the education sessions is a prerequisite for receiving professional continuing education credit.  Attendees must sign in at the training and include their professional license number.  Certificates of attendance will be available.

Nursing – Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 15403, for 11.5 contact hours.

Social Work – This course meets the qualifications for 11.5 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and /or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Nursing Home Administrators – This course has been submitted to the Nursing Home Administrator Program (NHAP) for 11 NHAP/P credits.  CCCC is an approved NHAP provider.

CME – The Riverside County Medical Association (RCMA) is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  RCMA takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.  RCMA designates this educational activity for a maximum of 11.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.


Chris Evans, MSN, RN has been an educator for Dignity Health in Sacramento since 1989. She has been a registered nurse since 1976 and has worked in a variety of settings including medical surgical nursing, neonatal intensive care and as a clinical nurse specialist in a women’s hospital. She currently teaches BLS, NRP, Palliative Care, POLST and Respecting Choices. She has taught 16 Respecting Choices Advance Care Planning Facilitator courses in the past 9 years. Chris was co-chair of the Compassionate Care Alliance of Greater Sacramento for several years and has extensive experience doing advance care planning community presentations. She is currently chair of the Sacramento Area POLST Coalition. She is co-developer of the CA POLST Education Program and has taught 16 POLST Train the Trainer classes around the state of CA since 2009. She is co-developer and co- facilitator of the POLST class for pediatric care teams.

Joanne Hatchett, MSN, RN, FNP has worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the Woodland Clinic Medical Group since 1995. She works with adult and geriatric clients in the office, acute care and skilled nursing facilities. In addition, she has served as the Palliative Care Coordinator for Woodland Memorial Hospital since 2004. Joanne has been a registered nurse since 1978 and her previous nursing experiences include: staff and leadership positions in CCU, pediatrics and intensive care nursery. She was director of Women’s and Children’s Services at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento for over 7 years. She has been a strong advocate for advance health care planning and is the project director for the Yolo County POLST Project. Joanne has been the lead developer of the California POLST Education Program. 

Thank you

Thank you to our host, O'Connor Hospital, and to the California HealthCare Foundation for making partial scholarships and the training materials possible.


Contact CCCC at (916) 489-2222 or info@CoalitionCCC.org.