Pediatric Palliative Care

This course covers topics such as the impact of illness on childhood development, spirituality in healthcare, end of life care, and more. Classes begin in February and continue on a monthly basis throughout the year. 12 hours of CEU credit are available, if all classes are attended.

January – December (Download PDF for all dates)

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

ChildServe, 5406 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa 50131

External Registrants

ChildServe Team Members   


To register, please call Lisa Sinclair at 515.727.0240 before January 30, 2020.

Registration fees can be paid by check on the first day of class.

Course Objectives: 

At the conclusion of the course, participants should be able to:

1. Describe palliative care

2. List who benefits from palliative care

3. Understand barriers to providing and receiving palliative care

4. Communicate effectively with children and families

5. List ways to ease illness burden for children based on their stage of development

6. Describe pain assessment techniques

7. Understand spiritual development in different ages of children

8. Define the role of the child in decision-making

9. Recognize the signs of compassion fatigue



Dawn serves as Director of Nursing and Pediatric Palliative Care Consultant at ChildServe, in Johnston, Iowa. She has been providing care to infants, children, and families, in various roles and organizations throughout the country for over 25 years. Dawn received her Master of Science in Nursing-Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Nursing in Nursing Leadership. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Certified Brain Injury Specialist, and Certified Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Nurse. Dawn also serves as the Vice President of the Iowa Association of Neonatal Nurses and leads ChildServe’s Pediatric Palliative Care program.


ChildServe improves the health and well-being of more than 4,600 children each year through specialized clinical, home, and community-based programs and services. We serve children with developmental delays, disabilities, acquired injuries, and other special healthcare needs.

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