ELNEC Testimonials

"Meeting the needs of individuals, families and communities to cope and adjust with life limiting illnesses is one of the most pressing needs of contemporary health care.  Preparing nurses to provide palliative care across the life span is critically important, particularly at the pre-licensure stage.  The End of Life Nursing Education Consortium in partnership with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing has created a wonderful Undergraduate Pre-Licensure [Undergraduate] Curriculum. These resources present both the science and art of palliative and supportive care within a comprehensive framework of knowledge, skills and competencies. This valuable resource will  support the novice nurse to be an effective practitioner. The foundations of this impressive curriculum will prepare nursing graduates to practice competently and also provide a platform to launch for life- long learning for this important dimension of nursing care."

Patricia Davidson, PHD, MED, RN, FAAN

Dean and Professor

School of Nursing 

Johns Hopkins University

"In 2002 Columbia University School of Nursing (CUSON) developed a specialty in Palliative and End of Life Care which was made available to all students in Nurse Practitioner programs with the rationale being that all APRNs require knowledge and skill in the provision of palliative care. We believed this to be consistent with our mission to increase access to palliative care for patients and families and as an opportunity to educate the next generation of APRNs caring for those with chronic, advanced and terminal illness. Over the years, our student cohorts have been small. Without a foundation in the general principles of palliative care, students were not accessing the specialty. This represented a significant gap in our curriculum. 

Timely to our concern was the publication of the CARES document by the AACN in 2016 which outlined 17 competencies in palliative care to be achieved by all graduating nursing students as well as the development of a new ELNEC curriculum in 2017. This ELNEC curriculum which offers six excellent modules that are the essential domains to be considered in the provision of palliative care by nurses provides the foundational content that here to fore had been missing.

We are so grateful to be in partnership with the AACN and with RELIAS in our plan to offer these modules within the context of two required classes taught by expert palliative care professors. In addition, we will offer interested faculty who are not ELNEC trained the opportunity to complete the modules. We anticipate the enrichment of our curriculum to be reflected in the care and compassion all of our students provide to patients, families, and communities."

Faculty Testimonial

Columbia University School of Nursing

"At Simmons College, we have been offering a semester long course, Caring at the End of Life, based on the ELNEC Core Curriculum each year since 2004. Students find the course informative and meaningful and rate the course highly. Over the past two years, Dr. Susan Duty, with the generous support of the Commonwealth Corporation and ELNEC, has led an initiative to train 30 Simmons faculty and practicing nurses at South Shore Hospital as ELNEC trainers. As a result, Simmons has offered ten-hour ELNEC workshops to all students in their final year of the pre-licensure program.  We have found the ELNEC Core curriculum to offer extraordinary resources to assure far-reaching palliative care nursing education.

In reviewing the new online ELNEC Undergraduate Palliative Care Curriculum, designed to meet the AACN Palliative Care Competencies, we recognize the same thoughtful and comprehensive approach to educating nursing students about the most salient aspects of palliative nursing care in a lively and engaging interactive online format. The online course offers students the opportunity to learn from the national nursing experts who are leaders, quite literally across the world, in the field of palliative nursing and who developed a number of ELNEC curricula. The objectives for each of the six hour-long modules are clearly described and the teaching is skillfully presented with a variety of pedagogical strategies.  There are videos of nurse experts describing their work and the concepts of palliative nursing, interactive slide presentations, case studies, and NCLEX style questions related to the content presented. Following successful participation in the course, students receive a certificate of training from ELNEC.  This new and innovative approach to palliative and end of life nursing care will allow nursing students across the nation to access highly meaningful education in an essential area of nursing education and practice in a comprehensive, engaging, an efficient manner. Certificates of ELNEC training will be an important asset for students’ professional portfolios and will serve as a reflection of achievement in an area of care that is very important in all areas of nursing practice. We are very excited to have our senior nursing participate in this wonderful program!"

Judy A. Beal, DNSc, RN, FNAP, FAAN

Dean and Professor

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Simmons College

"We spoke earlier today about how much I enjoyed the ELNEC course. I finished last week. It was actually hard to pull myself away from it. I found that there was so much useful information that I can use no matter where I go as a nurse and also as a human being. I really learned a lot about communication with patients and their families during end of life. I never thought about some of the ways they phrased things and that it IS appropriate to use the words "death" and "dying". This course reiterated something I learned from your bereavement course in that it is a special and sacred experience to care for those dying. It is an experience that can make you appreciate life, human relationships, and the grace of nursing. It is important to practice silence, be present, honest, and an active listener. I did not know that I would feel so much better prepared to deal with these situations after this course, but I really do. It was excellent. Thank you for giving me this opportunity."

"As a new nurse, the thought of caring for a dying patient was a terrifying thought before completing these modules. Now, I feel confident in offering a high quality of care and providing comfort to a patient nearing the end of their life."

"I really enjoyed this course. I feel more prepared to care for a patient who is seriously ill or dying. I appreciate the emotional and spiritual teaching in this course because our nursing g role is not only about the physical health of how I can care for patients emotionally and spiritually as well. It gave me permission to feel as a nurse and care!"

"I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the ELNEC. I was originally annoyed that I had to take it, as I have no interest in hospice, but I soon realized how transferable the skills it provided truly were. I soon began to look forward to them. ELNEC gave me a solid foundation regarding the ways I can aid dying patients and their families."

Comments from Students at the University of Utah

"Concordia University Saint Paul has incorporated the ELNEC modules within both our pre- and post-licensure BSN curriculum. Students in both of our BSN tracks have consistently provided positive feedback after completing the ELNEC Modules including appreciating the interactive learning modality and the value of the content and applicability to practice. In fact, even our experienced hospice nurses have shared how much they valued the ELNEC modules with practical tips and information they were able to apply immediately to their practice every day."

Josie Christian, DNP, RN, PHN

Nursing Department Chair & Assistant Professor

Concordia University, St. Paul

"Nationally, there is growing awareness that inadequate attention is paid to palliative care education when considering the challenge of caring for the seriously ill and/or dying patient, especially in the growing geriatric population.  At the University of Utah College of Nursing (CON), we strive to be on the cutting edge in our curricular offerings.   Accordingly, we are pleased to report on our assessment of the new ELNEC course work. 

One of our faculty members, Nanci McLeskey, DNP, RN, a certified ELNEC trainer, has championed the importance of including the ELNEC principles in our curriculum.   As a result, ELNEC content has been imbedded in many courses at the CON since 2012.   The students who have benefited from this content have provided feedback with overarching themes which include: 1) strengthening of their palliative care knowledge, 2) an increase in their level of comfort, confidence, and ability to care for seriously ill and/or dying patients, and 3) an appreciation of the opportunity to apply the principles learned to their various future nursing careers.

As a result of these successes, in January 2017, we introduced the new “ELNEC Undergraduate Online Curriculum” as an optional course for 2nd and 4th semester nursing students. This course has apparently struck a chord with our students.   To our amazement, 85 of 127 students have enrolled in this voluntary, non-credit online course, which they will pursue in addition to their regular program of study!

As Dean of the College of Nursing, I view this new ELNEC online curriculum offering as a substantive benefit for our future nurses, enabling them to better address the increasingly important challenges presented by today’s growing high-risk patient populations."

Patricia Gonce Morton, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FAAN

Dean and Professor

Louis H. Peery Presidential Endowed Chair

Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow Alumna

Editor, Journal of Professional Nursing

University of Utah College of Nursing

"I wanted to thank you for  your role in developing the ELNEC modules for the undergraduate students. My students just completed them  and have thanked me for including them in my Adult Health course. They completed the modules before doing simulation and I saw them put into action what they had learned. They are also now telling me stories and critiquing what they see in practice, either in clinical or at their jobs as nurse techs. I am sure that the knowledge they gained through the modules will definitely affect their practice….it did in simulation. 

This week in clinical one of the students in my class told me that she cared for a patient on comfort care. She cared for him and spent a special time with him when his family was at lunch. The patient told her that he wished she could be with him when he died because of the care she was giving him. She said that the experience was one she will never forget.  I can’t help but think that the modules had a significant influence on her care."

Anita Jablonski PhD, RN, CNE


Seattle University College of Nursing

"I am proud that the OHSU faculty have readily adopted and are using the new ELEC-Undergraduate on-line curriculum. It has enhanced our faculty’s ability to provide the most up to date and evidence-based content and current practices on palliative care. Students have reported great satisfaction with the interactive, multimedia approach and faculty have confidence in assigning the modules, which form the basis for meaningful active learning through discussion, reflection, and application. Thank you for this excellent curriculum."

Susan Bakewell-Sachs, PhD, RN, FAAN

Vice President for Nursing Affairs and Dean

OHSU School of Nursing

The AACN CARES Document guides the content that faculty need to integrate into undergraduate education in palliative nursing. Hear from one faculty member how important this document is and know that ELNEC-Undergraduate meets the competencies and recommendations of this important document. 

"I am very excited that in February of 2016 the AACN endorsed the Palliative CARES Competencies and recommendations for educating undergraduate nursing students.  The AACN’s endorsement is a historical step that will empower nursing faculty to be able to provide essential education to future nurses in training to foster their competence and confidence to deliver effective palliative care (e.g., physical, emotional, and spiritual care) and to also provide clear and compassionate discussions about palliative care options to patients with chronic and serious illnesses."  

Dr. Verna Hendricks-Ferguson

Associate Professor

Saint Louis University

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