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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 45,280 nurses and other healthcare professionals, representing all 50 US states, plus 100 international countries have completed a national or international ELNEC train-the-trainer course. These healthcare professionals are sharing this new expertise in educational and clinical settings. In addition, over 670 Undergraduate and 260 Graduate Schools of Nursing have accessed and completed the ELNEC Undergraduate/New Nurse Graduate and ELNEC Graduate online curricula via Relias, LLC. 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 ELNEC’s inception in 2000, that nationally and internationally, over 1,433,000 nurses and other health care providers have been educated in ELNEC. 

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