This course assists the RN to describe and differentiate the structure and practice of palliative care. It adds knowledge upon which the RN can build/add interventions. The course expands not only the nurse role in PC interventions, but also provides knowledge of the expanding role of other members of the health care team. It addresses both identified and expressed spiritual, religious, and existential needs of the patient and family and utilizes this information in the development of the individualized plan of care. The focus is on holistic care of the patient and family.