It is an exciting time in palliative care education. The Essentials: Core
Competencies for Professional Nursing Education has dedicated one of the four “spheres of care” to hospice/palliative/supportive care across the lifespan and with diverse populations. Nursing schools soon will be assessing the extent to which their curricular outcomes address the entry- and advanced-level domains, competencies, and sub competencies. AACN has provided a strong framework for primary palliative care that builds on the 2018 National Consensus Project Clinical Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care (4th ed.); recommending that all healthcare professionals be educated to provide primary palliative care. There has never been a more critical time for nursing students to be prepared to meet the challenges that lie ahead. The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Undergraduate/New Graduate and ELNEC Graduate online programs provide one means of demonstrating educational inclusion of primary palliative care education. Six one-hour modules provide your students with the foundational education needed in caring for seriously ill patients and families. These modules align with the AACN-endorsed primary palliative competencies for undergraduate/prelicensure (2016) and graduate nursing students (2019), respectively. To date, over 700 undergraduate schools and 285 graduate schools have enrolled their students.
Click below for further information on AACN CARES andG-CARES competencies, if you are not familiar with these or you may contact Dr. Andra Davis, Associate Professor, University of Portland and ELNEC Project Co Investigator, firstname.lastname@example.org. To support your efforts in enhancing and standardizing your palliative care education, we can provide you with free access to the curricula to review. Contact ELNEC@coh.org to request free access.
If you have not yet integrated the ELNEC curriculum into your institution, we encourage you to do so, as your students will be more equipped to support their patients and families, once they enter the workforce.
We want to remind you, that if you do not have a 2020 version, please contact us at to receive a link as this is the curriculum your students will be receiving this curriculum. We also have our 2020 supplemental materials- please make sure to email us for them- they are free to all faculty enrolling students.