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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.

To date, over 30,720 nurses and other healthcare professionals, representing all 50 US states, plus 100 international countries have completed an ELNEC training course through attending a national or international train-the-trainer or an online course. These healthcare professionals are sharing this new expertise in educational and clinical settings. In addition, over 477 undergraduate schools and 160 graduate schools of nursing have accessed the ELNEC Undergraduate and ELNEC Graduate online curriculum, respectively, with over 41,000 nursing students completing the online course via Relias. 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 educated over 738,500 nurses and other healthcare providers. 

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