Defining Hope Study Guide Is It Worth It? I Don’t Know…

Defining Hope Study Guide: Is It Worth It? I Don’t Know…

Release Date: May 15, 2018
Expiration Date: May 31, 2022
Format: Recorded Video


After interviewing and photographing over 100 nurses for her groundbreaking The American Nurse book and film, Carolyn Jones spent another two years researching and interviewing nurses for the film, Defining Hope. This documentary film follows patients, their family and caregivers, and the nurses that guide them along the way as they face end-of-life decisions and choices, embrace hope, and ultimately redefine what makes life worth living. The patient, caregiver, and nursing stories seek to open our mind and hearts to accepting dying as a part of life and access to palliative care and/or hospice care as a societal norm. What makes life worth living? How do you, as a nurse and an individual, define hope?

One of 14 brief video segments from the film, Defining Hope, this activity is intended to stimulate audience reflection, conversation, and interaction with the purpose of advancing expertise in end-of-life care nursing practice. Suggests courses (nursing or other), as well as other care settings where educators may find value by embedding a video segments into curriculum to highlight a point. Suggests End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) modules where ELNEC educators may find value by embedding a video segment into their curriculum.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for all nursing professionals. 

Statement of Need

Collectively, nurses have demonstrated degrees of commitment to palliative care, with some nurses showing greater initiative in the care of end‑of‑life patients. A gap in knowledge exists related to the nurse's role and responsibilities in all settings for: (a) delivery of person-centered, family-oriented end-of-life care, and (b) clinician–patient communication and advance care planning.       

Educational Outcome

Upon completion of this activity (view a recorded video segment from the documentary film Defining Hope), learners should be able to:

  1. Reflect on the nurse’s role and responsibility for providing care to meet patients’ end-of-life care needs:
    1. Deliver person-centered, family-oriented end-of-life care,
    2. Promote clinician–patient communication, and
    3. Advocate for patient-provider advance care planning discussions.

Accreditation Statement

Walden University is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

To obtain contact hours for this presentation

After viewing the live activity, visit the website and complete the reflection question. After completing the evaluation, you can download or print your certificate. The reflection question must be completed to be awarded contact hours.

Credit Designation Statement

Walden University designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 contact hours. Walden University is interested in the long-term impact that this education may have on the learner and may send a follow up evaluation. You will be offered additional contact hours for the completion of additional evaluation materials.

Faculty and Disclosures

The American Nurses Foundation and Walden University nurse planners have collaborated to jointly provide contact hours for this vignette. The planners and presenters of this nursing educational activity disclose that there are no relevant financial relationships (those held by the planner or significant other, currently or within the last 12 months) with commercial interests. Accredited providers are required to provide this information to learners before the start of an activity. The following is a list of the planners and faculty, along with any information they have disclosed regarding their relevant financial relationships.


Carolyn Jones, Director: Defining Hope - No disclosures

Lisa Frank, Producer: Defining Hope - No disclosures

Diana Mager, DNP, RN-BC – No disclosures

Kate Judge - No disclosures

Hazel A Dennison, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CPHQ, CNE - No disclosures

Cheryl Christ-Libertin, DNP, CPNP-PC, RN-BC, NE-BC – No disclosures

Film Narrator

Diane Ryan, RN - No disclosures

Funding for the production of this film is supported through grants from the following: Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, American Nurses Foundation, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation, Jeannie Patz Blaustein, and Walden University.


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Technical Requirements

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