Evaluation of palliative care nursing education seminars

Betty Ferrell*, Rose Virani, Judith A. Paice, Nessa Coyle, Patrick Coyne

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Purpose: More than 50 million people die each year around the world. Nurses are crucial in providing care to these individuals and their families as they spend the most time at the bedside with patients and families. Yet many nurses have received little or no education about palliative care. Methods/Sample: The Open Society Institute (OSI) and the Open Medical Institute (OMI) partnered with End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) to develop an international nursing palliative care curriculum. This international curriculum was implemented with two training courses held in Salzburg, Austria in October 2006 (n = 38) and April 2008 (n = 39) representing 22 Eastern European/Central Asian countries. Participants were asked to establish goals in disseminating the palliative care information when they returned to their country. The participants were mentored/followed for a 12-month period to evaluate their palliative care knowledge as well as challenges encountered. Key Results: The participants provided excellent ratings for the training courses indicating that the courses were stimulating and met their expectations. The 12-month follow-up demonstrated many challenges (i.e., lack of funds, institutional support, fear of death), in advancing palliative care within each participant's setting/country as well as many examples of successful implementation. Conclusions: There is an urgent need for improved palliative care throughout the world. The ELNEC-International curriculum is designed to address the need for increased palliative care education in nursing. In order to improve the quality of life for those facing life-threatening illnesses around the world, ongoing support is needed for world-wide palliative care educational efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)74-79
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Oncology Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2010


  • End of life
  • International curriculum development
  • International nursing education
  • Palliative care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology(nursing)


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