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.

  Date: February – December 2019
(Classes held monthly. See brochure for details)

  Time: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

  Fees: $300 for external registrants

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course participants will learn/be able to:


Describe palliative care


List who benefits from palliative care


Understand barriers to providing and receiving palliative care


Communication effectively with children and families


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


Describe pain assessment techniques


Understand spiritual development in different ages of children


Define the role of the child in decision-making


Recognize the signs of compassion fatigue

Course Presenter


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 23 years. She 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, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Certified Brain Injury Specialist, Certified Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Nurse, serves as the Vice President of the Iowa Association of Neonatal Nurses, and leads ChildServe’s Pediatric Palliative Care program.

Clinical Training Series

ChildServe is committed to providing relevant clinical education for healthcare professionals. Our clinical training program offers therapists, nurses, physicians, and other providers with continuing education opportunities throughout the year.

Nurses: Nursing CEUs will be awarded by ChildServe (provider IBON# 160). The amount of contact hours awarded varies with each course.

Therapists: Copies of course descriptions, objectives, and speaker credentials are available at the registration desk for those needing to submit them for continuing education credits. You will receive a certificate of completion.

ChildServe does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, creed or religion.

All Clinical Trainings


*To ensure the discounted rates listed to the right, please indicate that you are with ChildServe when making your reservations.

Hilton Garden Inn

Rate: $79/night*
2.5 miles from ChildServe

8600 Northpark Drive
Johnston, IA 50131

For reservations, call 800-445-8667 or 515-270-8890.

Sleep Inn Hotel

Rate: $69/night*
7.5 miles from ChildServe

11211 Hickman Road
Urbandale, IA 50322

For reservations, call 515-270-2424.

Whether your child has a small hurdle or a big journey to face, therapists can help them reach goals and live a great life! If you have questions about your child’s development, contact our team using the form below.


ChildServe improves the health and well-being of over 4,200 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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