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End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) project is a national and international education initiative to improve palliative care. Learn more. This corner supports faculty in schools of nursing.

Click on "ELNEC Materials" tab for free access to  ELNEC Undergraduate/New Graduate and/or ELNEC Graduate curricula.
Click on "Teaching & Evaluation Tools" tab for materials and websites from our palliative care colleagues. 
Click on "Hall of Fame" to see if your institution is featured as one of ELNEC’s champion sites.

New Publications & Resources

Posted April 2022

Upcoming Webinars

ELNEC will pause webinars for the summer months. Please check out the recorded sessions below

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Andra Davis interviews faculty who currently use ELNEC Undergraduate and/or ELNEC Graduate. Check back often to see updated interviews.

Headshot of Toni Glover May 2022: Toni Glover, PhD, GNP-BC, ACHPN, Associate Professor, Oakland University


Past Faculty Spotlight Interviews

Welcome Faculty!

Headshot of Andrea Davis

Andra Davis, PhD, MN, RN
Associate Professor and ELNEC Co-Investigator
University of Portland

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 and G-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, 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 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.

We released the ELNEC Hall of Fame in November 2021 and will update this quarterly. This showcases our champion institutions that are accessing the curricula. Click on the Hall of Fame tab to see full lists. Is your institution on either list? If not, please reach out to and mention your institution, which curricula are being used and how many students are accessing the curriculum/a.

ELNEC was awarded a three-year continuation grant through Cambia Health Foundation to advance its work strengthening the workforce in the care of patients and families with serious illness, with a particular focus on nursing schools in Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Part of the funding will focus efforts for the states to envision and create a regional model of excellence in palliative care education.

These efforts began in Fall, 2021 and thus far participating schools have begun sharing ways each has integrated the curricula in their programs, shared ideas for next steps towards creating a center of excellence in the region such as developing a resource ‘hub’ for educators to share assignments, simulations, outcome measures, and conducting cross-program research focused on best practices for palliative care education.  In addition, they have identified the need for an educator-specific ELNEC training in the region. There is much enthusiasm and commitment to moving palliative care education for both undergraduate and graduate students forward together. 

If you are in the 4-state region mentioned above, please contact Dr. Andra Davis, Associate Professor and ELNEC Co-Investigator at University of Portland, for information on the regional collaboration at

Access ELNEC Undergraduate/New Graduate and ELNEC Graduate

Should you or your colleagues need free access to either ELNEC Undergraduate/New Graduate and/or ELNEC Graduate curricula, please email and we can request access. Please mention which curricula you would like access to.

Free Faculty Access

Important: students will need to use their school email address (for faculty tracking/reports).
Remember the curriculum will be available only for 12 months, so please be aware when planning courses.

There are 3 options for getting students set up:

  1. Schools can ask students to purchase the curriculum, much like they would a text book, at $29.
  2. Relias can set up your institution’s bookstore with the curriculum so students can use their financial aid to purchase the curriculum. The good thing is that it’s easy/self-service for the students once they sign up.
  3. If your school wants to purchase the curriculum on behalf of the students, we offer a volume discount for students (see below).
Bulk Discounting Schedule for Schools Purchasing for Student Groups
Group Size Discount Rate Low Limit High Limit
1-24 students 5% discount $29.00 $661.20
25-29 students 7.5 % discount $670.63 $1,314.43
50-79 students 10% discount $1,305 $1,931.40
75-99 students 12.5% discount $1,903.13 $2,515.13
100-149 students 15% discount $2,465 $3,672.85
150+ students 20% discount $3,480 n/a


Need ELNEC Undergraduate/New Graduate or ELNEC Graduate added to your Institution’s Bookstore?
We got you covered. Relias can set up your institution’s bookstore with the curriculum so students can use their financial aid to purchase the curriculum. The good thing is that it’s easy/self-service for the students once they sign up. Just reach out to us and we can connect you with Relias.

Hall of Fame

Thank you to all of the champion institutions that are our utilizing our curricula! We appreciate your leadership in this field. If your school is not listed, please contact, add your institution name and number of students enrolled since 2019.

ELNEC Undergraduate/New Graduate Hall of Fame
(institutions that have 10 or more students enrolled)

ELNEC Graduate Hall of Fame
(institutions that have 5 or more students enrolled)


  • O’Connor, B. (2016). CARES: Competencies And Recommendations for Educating undergraduate nursing Students: preparing nurses to care for the seriously ill and their families.  Journal of Professional Nursing, 32(2), 78-84.
  • Ferrell, B., Malloy, P., Mazanec, P., & Virani, R. (2016). CARES:  AACN’s’ new competencies and recommendations for educating undergraduate nursing students to improve palliative care.  Journal of Professional Nursing, 32(5), 327-333.  doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2016.07.002.
  • Ferrell, B., Mazanec, P. Malloy, P. & Virani, R. (2018).  An innovative End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium curriculum that prepares nursing students to provide primary palliative care.  Nurse Educator, 43(5), 242-246.   doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000497.  Available at:
  • Fennimore, L., Wholihan, D., Breakwell, S., Malloy, P., Virani, R., & Ferrell, B. (2018).  A framework for integrating oncology palliative care in Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) education.  Journal of Professional Nursing, 34(6), 444-448.   NIHMSID#:  1506595
  • Mazanec, P., Ferrell, B., Malloy, P., & Virani, R. (2019).  Educating associate degree nursing students in primary palliative care using online e-learning.  Teaching and Learning in Nursing 14(1), 58-64.   Accessed January 21, 2019 from:
  • Davis, A., Lippe, M., Glover, T., McLeskey, N., Shillam, C., & Mazanec, P.  (2021).  Integrating the ELNEC Undergraduate curriculum into nursing education: lessons learned.  Journal of Professional Nursing,37(2), 286-290.
  • Mazanec P., Ferrell B., Virani R., Alayu J., & Ruel N. (2020). Preparing new graduate RNs to provide primary palliative care. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. 51(6), 280-286. doi: 10.3928/00220124-20200514-08.
  • Mazanec, P., Ferrell, B., Malloy, P., Virani, R., & Cormack, C. (2021). Preparing advanced practice registered nursing students to provide primary palliative care.   Nurse Educator, 46(4), 221-224. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000928.
  • Harwell, J.H., & Lippe, M.  (2021).  Impact of ELNEC-undergraduate curriculum on associate degree nursing student primary palliative care knowledge.  Teaching and Learning in Nursing, on- line July 30, 2021 at: 

(International Papers)

  • Kim, H. S., Kang, K. A., Kim, S., Kim, Y., Yoo, Y. S., Yu, S., ... & Jung, Y. (2019). Palliative care competencies required of undergraduate nursing students in Korea. The Korean Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care22(3), 117-124.

We’d love to hear your feedback if you are using either curricula. Click below button to complete the simple form to add your institution’s information, how many students have utilized the curricula since 2019, and any comments you may have.

Is your Institution Using ELNEC Undergraduate/New Graduate and/or ELNEC Graduate