End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)



The ELNEC core curriculum has been developed to prepare qualified nurse educators to provide end-of-life education for nursing students and practicing nurses, and to provide resources to facilitate that instruction. These educators in turn will use the curriculum to integrate end-of-life content for students in undergraduate nursing programs, and offer staff development and continuing education programs for clinical nurses who provide end-of-life care.

The curriculum and course development occurred under the guidance of City of Hope National Medical Center investigators Betty Ferrell, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Marcia Grant, DNSc, RN, FAAN. The curriculum was developed in collaboration with four nationally recognized end-of-life care experts:

  • Patrick Coyne, MSN, RN, CHPN – Medical College of Virginia Hospitals at Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Kathy Egan, MA, RN, CHPN – The Hospice Institute of the Florida Suncoast
  • Judith Paice, PhD, RN, FAAN – Northwestern University Medical School
  • Joan Panke, MA, RN, APRN – Executive Director, DC Partnership to Improve End-of-Life Care

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