ELNEC final hours: Adapted for COVID-19 crisis
The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) project is a national and international education initiative to improve palliative care. Since 2000, ELNEC is a collaboration between City of Hope, Duarte, CA and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Washington, DC. The project, administered by City of Hope, provides undergraduate and graduate nursing faculty, CE providers, staff development educators, specialty nurses in pediatrics, oncology, critical care and geriatrics, and other nurses with training in palliative care so they can teach this essential information to nursing students, practicing nurses and other healthcare professionals. Betty Ferrell, PhD, FPCN, FAAN, PI ELNEC Project
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The coronavirus pandemic has made care of patients and their families during the final hours of life uniquely challenging. Families are often not able to be with their loved ones during the end of their lives. Nurses are creating ways to help families virtually say goodbye to their loved ones and have the closure needed to avoid a complicated bereavement period. This document helps the nurse with communication tips, ethical issues, spiritual care needs, selected symptom management related to COVID-19, and care during the final hours.
This report may also be found on the ELNEC website.
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