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, practicing nurses and other healthcare professionals. 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 US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
To date, over 24,500 nurses and other healthcare professionals, representing all 50 US states, plus 100 international countries have received ELNEC training through attending national/international train-the-trainer courses and are sharing this new expertise in educational and clinical settings. In addition, over 330 Schools of Nursing have accessed the ELNEC-Undergraduate curriculum with more than 30,500 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 735,000 nurses and other healthcare providers.
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