Thank you for your interest in becoming part of our doula and bedside attendant referral system. We look forward to your unique addition to expanding and improving the care of aid-in-dying patients and their families.
Once you or the Academy have identified an appropriate aid in dying client, we will provide you with mentoring from an experienced Academy clinician who will support you through the case. Mentors will connect with mentees several times via phone or video call, to discuss and review best practices before the death, and to debrief after. A mentor will also be available via phone, during the death, to provide support.
This mentoring is provided solely to foster a learning environment and is not intended to provide any care or any monitoring of patients. (Please remember that patient information is protected)
The Academy requires completion of this mentoring process before any referrals can be offered, no matter what level of experience or what credentials you have. The Academy’s goal, through this process, is to ensure the integrity of our Patient to End-of-Life-Doula and Bedside-Attendant Referral System and to support the attentive care that our patients require. We have found that many of our mentees feel well supported and grow from this fertile opportunity.
After this death, once you and your mentor both feel your competence and confidence are well established, your name and practice information will go into the Academy’s End-of-life-Doula and Bedside-Attendant Referral System, which we will use for patient referrals.
If you do not currently have an appropriate aid-in-dying client, we will keep careful and close track of patients who may need this care, and contact you quickly if we identify an appropriate client in your service area for you and your mentor to work with.
If you identify an appropriate client, please send us an email at [email protected] with the subject “Client identified, ready for a mentor”, so we can connect you promptly.
Again, thank you so much, and stay tuned!