The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) project is a national education initiative to improve palliative care and is a partnership between the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Washington, DC and the City of Hope, Duarte, CA. The project 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 and practicing nurses. The project, which began in February 2000, was initially funded by a major grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Additional funding has been received from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), US Cancer Pain Relief Committee, the Aetna, Archstone, California HealthCare, Cambia Health, Milbank, Oncology Nursing, Open Society, and Stupski Foundations and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

To date, over 22,300 nurses and other healthcare professionals, representing all 50 US states, plus 96 international countries have received ELNEC training through these national courses and are sharing this new expertise in educational and clinical settings. ELNEC Trainers are hosting professional development seminars for practicing nurses, incorporating ELNEC content into nursing curriculum, hosting regional training sessions to expand ELNEC’s reach into rural and underserved communities, presenting ELNEC at national and international conferences, coordinating community partnerships, and improving the quality of nursing care in other innovative ways. It is estimated that since its inception, that ELNEC trainers have returned to their institutions and communities and have trained over 670,000 nurses and other healthcare providers. Each year more than 200 regional courses are held across the U.S. by ELNEC Trainers in their communities.

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Recent Submissions

  • ELNEC Pediatric 2018: Module 1 

    Ferrell, Betty R.; Malloy, Pam; Mazanec, Polly M.; Paice, Judith; Coyne, Patrick; Haskamp, Amy (2018-07-03)
    Principles of Hospice & Palliative Care for Children Child and family as unit of care with attention to caregiver support Adolescents and young adults have distinctive needs Attention to physical, psychological, social, ...
  • ELNEC Core Module 1: Palliative Nursing Care 

    Ferrell, Betty R.; Malloy, Pam; Mazanec, Polly M.; Paice, Judith; Coyne, Patrick (2018-07-03)
    Describe the role of the nurse in providing quality palliative care for patients across the lifespan. Identify the need for collaborating with interdisciplinary team members while implementing the nursing role in palliative ...
  • Integrating Palliative Oncology Care into Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs 

    Mazanec, Polly M.; Ferrell, Betty R.; Malloy, Pam; Virani, Rose (2018-06-25)
    Objective To integrate oncology palliative care content into DNP program curricula.
  • Promoting Palliative Care Internationally: Building Leaders to Promote Education, Practice, and Advocacy 

    Malloy, Pam; Ferrell, Betty; Virani, Rose; Mazanec, Polly M. (Elsevier, 2018-02)
    In February 2000, nine nursing educators, practitioners, and researchers met in Nashville, Tennessee, to develop a palliative care curriculumspecifically for nurses. The following month, 22 advisors from nursing organizations ...

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