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Grand Rounds: Fran Schindler, RN, BSN – Existential Angst and The Practicalities of ‘Getting Dead’

March 20, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

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Wednesdays at 8am, Patient Family Resource Center Conference Room (Ground Floor, North Carolina Cancer Hospital)

Hosted by the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program (CCSP) and the UNC Palliative Care Program.

Presenter:  Fran Schindler, RN, BSN

Title:    “Existential Angst and The Practicalities of ‘Getting Dead’”

Bio:  Fran has thirty + years of experience in Nursing. Including United States Air Force Nurse Corps, George AFB California and Eglin AFB Florida, in patient adult and out-patient clinic Nursing.  Also experience in Pediatric Clinic Triage and Diabetes Education. Major area of Nursing Practice: Psychiatry to include substance abuse detox and treatment as well as in patient- eating disorders treatment. Retired in 1999 after working on the Psychotic Disorders Unit at UNC Hospital Chapel Hill, NC.

Previous member of the Hemlock Society and Compassion and Choices.

Long-time advocate for Death with Dignity

Joined Final Exit Network in 2006

Volunteer with FEN over the past 10 years as: East Coast Regional Coordinator, Senior Exit Guide, Member of the training committee and Speakers Bureau.

Media Experience:  NPR: Dick Gordon “The Story 2013″ NPR Podcast ” Criminal”-Episode 17 and Episode 50 2015    WRAL-TV End of life Options 2015

Assisted in organization and presentation of Frontline Video “The Suicide Plan”

Also presented to various other groups including “Ethical Humanist Society of Triangle”

Ollie Symposium Durham NC 2016, Triangle Free Thought Society Raleigh, NC, UUA Fellowship, Orlando Florida 2015, Chapel Hill Senior Center 2016

Secular Humanist Society, Fredericksburg, Virginia 2016


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The School of Medicine of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Continuing Medical Education Statement

The School of Medicine of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health professionals will receive a certificate of attendance from an AMA PRA Category 1™ activity. These certificates are accepted by the NC Boards for physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and respiratory therapists.  Other health care providers may also be able to use these certificates, depending on their particular license requirements.  (License requirements are subject to change. Participants should check with their licensing boards for specific questions.  UNC and its partners are not responsible for changes in license requirements.)

Disclosure statement

This activity has been planned and implemented under the sole supervision of the course director and planning committee, in association with the UNC Office of Continuing Professional Development (UNC CPD).  The course director, planning committee, presenters, and CPD staff have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests as defined by the ACCME.


March 20, 2019
8:00 am - 9:00 am
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