Defining Hope

Defining Hope

Release Date: April 1, 2018
Expiration Date: May 31, 2022
Format: Enduring Material


After interviewing and photographing over 100 nurses for her groundbreaking The American Nurse book and film, Carolyn Jones has spent another two years researching and interviewing nurses for her latest film, Defining Hope, a documentary that follows individuals through end-of-life decisions and choices.  Our aging population and our scientific advances and capabilities clash with current healthcare challenges, including quality and costs. Nurses and other healthcare professionals support individuals making life-altering decisions on a daily basis. This movie opens our thoughts and hearts to identifying and changing a culture where dying is not an accepted societal norm. What makes life worth living for you? How do you as a nurse and an individual define hope?

Target Audience

This activity is intended for all nursing professionals. 

Statement of Need

In healthcare the majority of nurses and other healthcare professionals have cared for individuals that are dying. Understanding the complexities of providing end of life care and supporting patients through the process is impacted by societal's value of maintaing and sustaining life. Society's high value on life can present barriers when providing care and meeting the needs of  dying patients.  In that role, nurses and other healthcare professionals can benefit by increasing  their confidence of how to support others to make life worth living -and help them to Definte Hope.    

Educational Outcome

Upon completion of this activity learners should be able to:

  1. Consider the impact of  caring for individuals at the end of life and its effect on your daily practice as a nurse.
    • Reflect upon a video from the documentary website provided and share your perspective. 

Accreditation Statement

Walden University is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Centers 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  1.0 contact hour.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 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

Dr Hazel A Dennison -No disclosures

Dr Deborah A. Rastinehad -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.


All information contained within this activity is intended for educational purposes only. Nurses and other health care professionals are encouraged to consult other sources and confirm the information contained in this site. No single reference or service can take the place of medical training, education and experience. This web site does not define a standard of care, nor is it intended to dictate an exclusive course of management. This information should not substitute for a visit or consultation with a health care provider.

Technical Requirements

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