Angela Starkweather Selected to Participate in Massey Cancer Center Training Program for Palliative Care
Angela Starkweather, Ph.D., ACNP-BC,CNRN, associate professor and chair of the Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems, was selected to participate in a competitive clinical training program developed by the VCU Massey Cancer Center’s Thomas Palliative Care Program. She is one of just 36 Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) from across the Commonwealth of Virginia who will participate in a five-day intensive palliative education program taking place at the VCU Medical Center and on the VCU Massey Cancer Center’s Thomas Palliative Care Unit. The program aims to promote access to primary palliative care from APRNs and address nurses feeling inadequately prepared to provide comprehensive care for patients nearing the end of their lives.
Starkweather and the other APRNs will be broken up into six groups of six and spend eight hours per day in small group, interactive, case-based training, using real and simulated cases and clinical rotations. Each participant will be paired with a palliative care specialist who will mentor them throughout the duration of the program and for six months following the completion of their on-campus experience.