ELNEC Resources

ELNEC | End-of-life nursing education consortium | Advancing Palliative Care | Since 2000

The quarterly newsletter, ELNEC Connections, is sent to ELNEC Trainers, various palliative care organizations and projects, governmental agencies, and media representatives.  ELNEC Connections provides information on palliative care and offers a forum through which the network of ELNEC Trainers can stay in contact and share successful education strategies.  The newsletter is available online.

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The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing
This 2019 edition is edited by Drs. Betty R. Ferrell, and Judith A. Paice.

Advanced Practice Palliative Nursing
This 2023 edition is edited by Connie Dahlin and Patrick Coyne. 

Clinical Pocket Guide to Advanced Practice Palliative Nursing
This 2017 edition is a companion guide to the Advanced Practice Palliative Nursing textbook and is edited by Constance Dahlin, Patrick Coyne, and Betty Ferrell

The following pages are suggested videos that may be used across various ELNEC courses/curricula along with possible scenes and ordering information. This is only a suggested list; you can also choose other videos that will illustrate and enhance the content for the ELNEC modules. 

2018 National Consensus Project Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care

Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC): Provides resources for palliative care program development and growth. Access essential palliative care tools, education, resources and training for interprofessional healthcare teams. 

City of Hope Pain and Palliative Care Resource Center (COHPPRC): Serves as a clearinghouse to disseminate information and resources to assist others in improving the quality of pain management and end of life care. The COHPPRC provides a central source for collecting pain assessment tools, patient education materials, quality assurance materials, palliative care resources, research instruments and other resources. The pain and symptom management cards can be found on the home page of the COHPPRC. 

End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC): This project, a partnership between the City of Hope and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), is a national education initiative to improve palliative care. 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 and practicing nurses.

Essentials in Hospice and Palliative Care: A Practical Resource for Every Nurse, 2017
Textbook written by Katherine Murray, from Life and Death Matters

Essentials in Hospice and Palliative Care: A Practical Resource for Every Nurse – Learning Activities, 2017
A compilation of learning activities that dovetail with the nurses text, from Life and Death Matters

Fast Facts and Concepts: Fast Facts and Concepts provide concise, practical, peer-reviewed, and evidence-based summaries on key topics important to clinicians and trainees caring for patients facing serious illnesses. These documents are designed to be easily accessible and clinically relevant monographs on palliative care topics. They are intended to be quick teaching tools for bedside rounds, as well as self-study material for health care professional trainees and clinicians who work with patients with life-limiting illnesses.

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA): Established in 1986, HPNA is the nation's largest and oldest professional nursing organization dedicated to promoting excellence in hospice and palliative nursing care. In addition, HPNA has two other organizations under its arm: Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC) and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation (HPNF).

Joint Commission Advanced Palliative Care Certification: Launched in September 2011, The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification Program for Palliative Care recognizes hospital inpatient programs that demonstrate exceptional patient and family-centered care and optimize the quality of life for adult and pediatric patients with serious illness. 

Relias: ELNEC training courses (Core, Critical Care, Geriatric, and Pediatric Palliative Care) are available on online through Relias. Ten communication vignettes and study guides are also available.

ELNEC-Undergraduate and ELNEC-Graduate are also available on ReliasNOTE: Courses on Relias are NOT ELNEC train-the-trainer courses

The Pain Management and Symptom Management cards were published by the Division of Nursing Research and Education at City of Hope in Duarte, CA. These reference cards are free of charge and no copyright is needed. The author information is included on the card. We recommend having them printed, cut, laminated, and folded from a professional printer. ELNEC trainers should always check here to make sure that the most current version is being used. Use the links below to download the PDFs. 

Updated January 2024

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