Webinar: combating The Halo Effect in Healthcare

December 6, 2017 - 11 AM - 12 PM Central

This educational activity is jointly provided by AXIS Medical Education and
TX & NM Hospice Organization

This program will explore the Halo Effect, which was first described in the 1920's. Halo effect as a cognitive bias refers to an observer's overall impression of a person, company, brand, or product influencing the observer's feelings and thoughts about that entity's character or properties. Participants will learn ways to avoid the negative impacts of the Halo Effect in healthcare settings.

Target Audience
Healthcare providers including nurses, social workers, aides, chaplains, bereavement professionals.

Sandi Hebley, RN 
Sandi has been an RN for 40 years and a social worker for 16 years, she has worked with pain management, grief issues, team building, and end of life issues  in a variety of settings: with oncology patients, inpatient psychiatric unit, neonatal intensive care, with hospice patients over the past 22 years, and as a grief support group facilitator with the Survivors of Suicide program of the Suicide & Crisis Center of North Texas. She has received specific training in presentation of CEU inservices and have been approved for provider status by the Texas Nurses Association and the State Board of Social Worker Examiners. She has spoken on a variety of topics to such diverse groups as medical interns/residents, nursing staffs at hospitals and nursing facilities, CNAs, and lay persons in community organizations. In her position as Education Manager at one hospice, she regularly conducted new staff orientations to hospice, inservices for current staff, and educational programs for facilities with which we worked caring for the terminally ill and their families. She is certified to present both the ELNEC and HPNA curricula for end of life education. Was a member of a hospice ethics committee for 3 years. Other experiences in public speaking include presentations at national conferences of NAHC, at the first national conference of the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association, and at the Texas/New Mexico Hospice Organization annual conferences, and many presentations to schools and community organizations as part of the speakers’ bureau of the Suicide and Crisis Center of Dallas for the past 24 years.

Learning Objectives
1. Define the halo effect.
2. Describe the impact of the halo effect on healthcare.
3. List 3 steps that can help avoid the impact of the halo effect.

Accreditation Statement

axis In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by AXIS Medical Education and Texas & New Mexico Hospice Organization.  AXIS Medical Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation for Nursing
AXIS Medical Education designates this continuing nursing education activity for 1.0 contact hour.

Learners are advised that accredited status does not imply endorsement by the provider or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with an activity.
AXIS Contact Information
For information about the accreditation of this program please contact AXIS at info@axismeded.org.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
AXIS Medical Education requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals and their spouse/life partner who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by AXIS for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

The faculty, Sandi Hebley, RN, reported no financial relationships or relationships they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this continuing education activity.

The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this continuing education activity:

Name of Planner/Manager

Reported Financial Relationship

Brandie Baker

Nothing to disclose

Holly M. Hampe, D.Sc., RN, MHA, MRM

Nothing to disclose

Dee Morgillo, MEd., MT (ASCP), CHCP

Nothing to disclose

Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Requirements for credit:  

  • Attend/participate in the educational activity and review all course materials. 
  • Complete the CE Attestation portal online by 11:59 pm ET December 30, 2017. Instructions will be provided. If you do not enter the online portal by the above date, you will not be able to retrieve your statement of participation.
  • Upon successful completion of the online form, your statement of completion will be presented to you to print.

Texas & New Mexico Hospice Organization is an approved provider of continuing education by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners.

Texas and New Mexico Hospice Organization is an approved provider of continuring education by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability.


To receive continuing education credit for this activity, the participant must attend the entire session and complete the online evaluation. Once successful completion has been verified, a “Certificate of Successful Completion” will be awarded for:

  • Administrators: 1.0 hour of continuing education
  • Social Workers: 1.0 credit hour
  • Nursing: 1.0 contact hour