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Risbrudt certified in palliative care for New Dimensions [UPDATED]

Published 10:29am Monday, June 24, 2013 Updated 12:31pm Monday, June 24, 2013

Susan Risbrudt, RN, BSN, CHPN, the director of the Palliative Care Program at New Dimensions in Fergus Falls, recently passed her examination and was certified by the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses.

The NBCHPN promotes the delivery of comprehensive palliative care through the certification of qualified hospice and palliative health professionals by providing national standards of requisite knowledge, establishing and measuring the level of knowledge required for certification, and formally recognizing the individuals who achieve the eligibility requirements.

Risbrudt, of Dalton, has previously worked as a hospice nurse, an acute care nurse at Lake Region Healthcare, and as an instructor at M State in Fergus Falls in the nursing program.

She spearheaded the development of the New Dimensions Palliative Care Program beginning in 2012, one of only a handful of home-delivered palliative services in the upper Midwest.

Palliative care is the treatment of symptoms and the relieving of suffering of patients. It does not require a terminal diagnosis and doctors can continue aggressive treatments with recovery as a goal under palliative care.

Risbrudt specializes in the home-based care of individuals with complex medical needs, such as cancer, COPD, chronic heart failure and other life-limiting illnesses.

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