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The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), a collaborative effort between AACN and the City of Hope to improve palliative care, would like to share the following updates.  If you and your colleagues have been working on ways to advance primary palliative care education at your school, we want to remind you of a few resources in place to support your efforts.  

Supporting Faculty in Palliative Nursing Care Education

ELNEC Schools of Nursing Faculty Corner Website

The overarching goal of the website is to:

  • Share innovative strategies through Monthly Webinars (live and recorded) and Faculty Spotlights featuring the excellent and creative work provided by passionate nursing faculty.
  • Post teaching exemplars for faculty to access.
  • Network and collaborate.
  • Ultimately improve the care of patients with serious illnesses and families through advancing palliative care in nursing education.

Upcoming Webinars

October 28 at 1:00 pm (ET)
Evaluating Learning Outcomes in Palliative Care Nursing Education: Tools and Strategies

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November 15 at 12:00 pm (ET) 
Fostering Student Well-being In and Through Palliative Care Education 

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Revised CARES and G-CARES  

The ELNEC team updated the CARES and G-CARES documents to be consistent with the AACN 2021 Essentials, which will support faculty as they integrate palliative care into the curriculum. 

Palliative Care competency statements expected of undergraduate (CARES) and graduate (G-CARES) students have been updated.  These can:

  • Guide faculty in designing material for courses
  • Provide faculty development to learn more about palliative care education
  • Assist in program evaluation

Interest in the ELNEC Undergraduate/New Graduate and ELNEC Graduate Curriculum

Schools of nursing have been reviewing AACN’s The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education and recognize the value of these educational resources to advance palliative care education using evidence-based, standardized materials.

Since spring, there has been a nearly 20% increase in requests for the Undergraduate/New Graduate curriculum and just under 10% for ELNEC Graduate. 

As a reminder, for those of you not yet using these modules, we are able to provide free access to the curricula for school of nursing faculty to review. Contact to request access.

If you are not familiar, the ELNEC Undergraduate/New Graduate and ELNEC Graduate online programs provide state-of-the-art primary palliative care education. Six one-hour modules prepare students with the foundational education needed to care for seriously ill patients and families.  These modules align with the 2021 AACN Essentials in the area of primary palliative competencies for undergraduate and graduate nursing students.

Resources to Evaluate Student Learning in Primary Palliative Care

Dr. Andra Davis, University of Portland, and Dr. Megan Lippe, UT Health, San Antonio, developed three tools to measure the outcomes of palliative care education:

  • Undergraduate Nursing Palliative Care Knowledge Survey (UNPCKS)
  • The Primary Palliative Nursing Care-Competence Assessment Tool (PPNC-CAT). 
  • Perceived Competence for Entry- and Advanced-Level Students
    • CARES 2nd ed. Perceived Competence (CARES-PC-2.0)
    • G-CARES 2nd ed. Perceived Competence (G-CARES-PC-2.0)

Email for more information on these new tools. For additional information or questions, please contact: 

Dr. Andra Davis
Associate Professor, University of Portland,

Dr. Megan Lippe
Associate Professor, UT Health San Antonio,

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