The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) project is a national education initiative to improve end-of-life care in the United States. 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 end-of-life 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), the Aetna, Archstone, and California HealthCare Foundations, Open Society Institute, and the Oncology Nursing Foundation.

To date, over 5,250 nurses, representing all 50 states 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, and improving the quality of nursing care in other innovative ways. Over the next few years, ELNEC Trainers will touch the lives of millions of people facing the end-of-life.

Currently, there are 4 ELNEC curricula: ELNEC-Core, ELNEC-Pediatric Palliative Care, ELNEC-Critical Care, and ELNEC-Geriatric. Nurses, as well as other members of the interdisciplinary team, are invited to attend these courses.  Click here to access information about ELNEC training opportunities.

The ELNEC project is administered by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Washington, DC and the City of Hope, Los Angeles, CA. The esteemed faculty includes a national cadre of nurse leaders.

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