End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium: 5 Years of Educating Graduate Nursing Faculty in Excellent Palliative Care

Pam Malloy*, Judith Paice, Rose Virani, Betty R. Ferrell, Geraldine Polly Bednash

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Since January 2001, over 4,500 nurses, representing all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, have attended 1 of 50 national End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) train-the-trainer courses. Of the 4,500 nurses who have attended a national ELNEC course, 300 graduate nursing faculty members participated in one of four National Cancer Institute (NCI) grant-funded courses, ELNEC-Graduate, that focused on the needs of faculty teaching graduate nursing students. These nursing faculty members represent every state in the United States and 278 (63%) out of 438 graduate nursing programs. The final NCI-funded ELNEC-Graduate course took place in June 2006. Due to the continued need for this education, additional courses were offered at the 2007 American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) master's conference, and another course was presented in February 2008 at the same AACN meeting. The purpose of this paper is to describe the history of the ELNEC-Graduate project and to demonstrate its impact in empowering graduate nursing faculty members to improve their teaching methods and strategies regarding end-of-life (EOL)/palliative care education. Because of ELNEC-Graduate, graduate nursing faculty members are better equipped to provide this education to their students so that these students are prepared to care for patients and their families experiencing EOL/palliative care issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)352-357
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2008


  • Advanced practice nurses
  • End-of-life care
  • Graduate nursing education
  • Interdisciplinary care
  • Palliative care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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