Audrey Wuerl, RN, BSN, PHN


Audrey Wuerl, RN, BSN, CHPN, is education coordinator for Hospice of San Joaquin in California, which serves San Joaquin County and its surrounding areas. This nonprofit agency has provided compassionate care for patients facing life-limiting illnesses for more than 25 years. She has received national certification in hospice and palliative care nursing. She is also a geriatric trainer for the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), which promotes education in geriatric nursing and end-of-life care. She holds national certification in hospice and palliative care. In her current capacity she works with physicians, nurses, and social services to facilitate patient referral and ensure continuity of care. Additionally, she collaborates with other community educators to promote end-of-life awareness regarding treatment options and pain management.

During her career, Wuerl has held positions in psychiatric, medical-surgical and operating room nursing. She is also a public health nurse. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing from California State University, Stanislaus.


Recently Published on Caring.com

Alzheimer's Disease: Understanding Sundowning Syndrome — Dec 24, 2014
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Wandering Behavior — Nov 28, 2012
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We Are Considering Bringing Mom Home With Help From Hospice, Any Suggestions? — Sep 20, 2011
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How do I convince my Dad that our family will be alright after he dies? — Jul 22, 2011
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Is my grandmother going through a phase or is this really the end? — Jul 15, 2011
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Can hospice step in if an Alzheimer's patient no longer wants to be hospitalized? — Jul 15, 2011
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How can I reasure my mother that it's ok to pass away with our her getting offended? — Jul 08, 2011
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How Much Can I Expect to Pay for Hospice in a Nursing Home? — Jun 29, 2011
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We want to place mom in hospice care but were denied, what should we do? — Jun 15, 2011
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Is it possible the nursing home made my mother's Alzheimer's worse? — Jun 15, 2011
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